UPDATE: Police identify victim of New Year’s Eve stabbing

Lincoln Police have identified the victim of a fatal stabbing that occurred New Year’s Eve in north Lincoln. 

Police say Dijah Ybarra, 21, of Lincoln, was was found with multiple stab wounds, laying in a driveway near North 20th and Benton Street around 7:00 p.m.

She was taken to the hospital where she later died. 

On Tuesday, police arrested Neland Tevionn Gray Jr., 21, for the crime. 

Gray Jr. faces charges of first degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. 


Ybarra was a mother of two young boys, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help her family with funeral expenses. 

“Anyone who knew Dijah, knows she had a huge heart,” the page’s creator, Farah Kort Wilkason, wrote. “She was a beautiful person inside and out. Anyone who had the chance to meet her could tell you that.” 

As of Wednesday morning, the GoFundMe had raised over $5,000.

LPD said the victim and suspect had been in a relationship, and that Gray Jr. was the father of Ybarra’s children. 

Gray Jr. had a prior arrest for a 3rd-degree domestic violence charge, along with resisting arrest, according to court documents. 

Gray Jr. is expected to be in court Wednesday afternoon. 




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