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Police are searching for two teenagers in connection with the fatal stabbing of a University of Rhode Island student at a house party in Newport, R.I. on Sunday.

Maximus Julian, 22, of Little Compton, R.I., was stabbed in the neck during an altercation and taken to Rhode Island Hospital just after midnight, police said. He was pronounced dead on Tuesday afternoon.

His father, Diago Julian, said his son went to the party with his girlfriend and was trying to protect her when the party got out of control.

“He was a good person, he was doing everything right,” he said in a telephone interview. “To have his future stolen away ... there’s no justice to this. There’s no words.”


A second male at the party on Thames Street was stabbed in the leg, police said.

Police have obtained arrest warrants for Tyrese Poulsen, 18, and Jamaal Reid, 19. Poulsen is wanted for murder and Reid faces charges of harboring a criminal and disorderly conduct.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Joe Lavallee at 401-845-5736 or jlavallee@cityofnewport.com.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for Julian’s funeral expenses. As of Wednesday, more than $38,000 had been raised.

“Max Julian was in his last semester at the University of Rhode Island for business, and was about to graduate with high honors,” the web page states. “Outside of school, he loved to ride BMX. Max also loved to go fishing, and worked on a commercial fishing boat out of Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, R.I. Max was a shining light in the world, and will forever be remembered as being full of generosity, life and love.”

The youngest of three children, Julian was always a hard worker, his father said.


“He was either at work, at the gym, or in the books,” he said. “He was a doer. He was doing all the right things.”

Diago said he and his wife have had medical issues. He is diabetic and recovering from an injury he sustained when he was getting treated for cellulitis. His wife suffered a stroke.

“It’s just been a nightmare trying to survive,” he said. “Max moved back home so he could help.”

Diago said his son would go grocery shopping, put an air conditioner in the window, and do anything else to be helpful around the house.

Diago said his family is grateful for the outpouring of support they’ve received from people who knew his son.

“So many people have said to me, ‘he was my best friend,’” he said. “He was a really bright light in so many lives. My world is dark without him. The silence is deafening.”

Julian was scheduled to graduate this fall. On behalf of the university, Maling Ebrahimpour, the dean of the college of business, offered condolences to Julian’s family and friends.

“We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of our business students,” Ebrahimpour said in a statement. “Maximus was a wonderful person who excelled in his studies here in the College of Business. This is a terrible loss for our college and for our community.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.