By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Friends of a man stabbed to death on Laclede's Landing want answers from St. Louis police.
Investigators are saying it was not a random attack, but his friends who were with him, say otherwise.
Kyle Roberts, 28, worked at Amsted Rail, where an explosion happened last week. He survived that, only to come down to a St. Louis hot spot for a birthday party and become a victim.
"He was just fun to hang out with, he was never in a bad mood," said friend Todd Wessel.
He says Roberts enjoyed life, was going back to school, and racing stock cars on the weekend.
"It's sad, it's tragic, it's not something that we are used to having happen around here," said friend Hannah Elliott.
Roberts is from Sorento, Illinois, a rural area where everybody knows everybody. Wessel says they were celebrating a friend's birthday, but doing it responsibly.
"We were on our way to the bus, we were going home, we were packing up and going home," he said.
They rode a party bus into St. Louis, hit a few hot spots, ending at Laclede's Landing. They were leaving when police say there was an "altercation" between Roberts and the attacker.
"It wasn't a random incident. There was some sort of incident these were people who had a problem, with one another," said Lt. Col. Lawrence O'Toole with the St. Louis police.
His friends disagree.
"There's no connection at all whatsoever, never seen them before, 100 percent random. We didn't know them, no idea who they were," said Wessel.
Friends say the two groups passed by, "a few" words were exchanged, but both parties kept walking. Then the man with the knife turned around and bee-lined towards Roberts stabbing him once in the chest.
"It seemed almost disrespectful to Kyle and his family and to my friends who were there," said Elliott.
His friends say Roberts was not the catalyst and was not asking for it.
"It wasn't an ongoing thing through the whole night, it wasn't a big drawn out thing," said Wessel.
They say the stabbing that killed their dear friend was in fact "random."
"He wasn't a bad person down there, doing something wrong," said Elliott.
Police are still asking for your help, if you have any information please call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.