He said he would never hurt her

Akiba Finister, 29, reportedly kept her relationship with David Knight, 46, a secret from her family at first. Family believe that may have been because she knew of his criminal history and knew that it would worry them.

When her mother found out, she spoke to her daughter about it and her daughter said that she could take care of herself and that she would leave if she ever felt threatened. The mother also spoke to Knight, and he promised he would never hurt her daughter.

Reportedly Finister, the mother of two, had decided recently to break it off with Knight. And that is reportedly what led up to Tuesday’s events.

The couple had gone to visit with friend’s and relatives in their home. An unnamed man in the home had gone to the store when an argument developed between the couple. The two were in a bedroom when the man returned from the store and he tried unsuccessfully to get into the bedroom.

When Knight came out, he began stabbing the man. Other’s in the home were able to pull Knight off the man and Knight fled the home. Akiba Finister was found dead in the bedroom with multiple stab wounds. According to a veteran police officer. “This is the most vicious crime I’ve been involved with. … This just reeks of rage.”

The unnamed man was taken to the hospital where he is reported to be in critical but stable condition on Wednesday.

Knight had a criminal history dating back to 1981.  In 1987 he was involved in a robbery-shooting, and the victim later died. Initially charged with murder, he agreed to a plea bargain which reduced the charge to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years. He was out of prison by 1997. And he was on parole for a drug conviction as well as on probation for corporal injury to a child.

Knight was last seen riding a bike away from the area.

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I haven’t seen any information as to whether Finster’s children were present when their mother died. The children are reported to be aged 11 and 4 years old.

Knight is at large and police are reportedly looking for him. I haven’t seen a description for him or any pictures of him.


Police are intenifying their search for David Knight. They have released his picture. The man who was stabbed has been released from the hospital. Police believe that Finister was stabbed because she was trying to break up with Knight. Finister had been staying in the apartment, where the stabbings occurred, for a few weeks.




  1. Vidalia11 said,

    September 28, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    Tragically the woman and her mom had massive denial about the boyfriend’s dangerousness. Any promises made by a man with his record are worthless. I hope they find the perp very soon.

  2. September 28, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    For some reason, the mental image of this guy tooling away from the area on his bicycle seems appropriately pathetic. Almost like the cops are putting out an APB for Napoleon Dynamite.

  3. September 28, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    Finister undoubtedly was in some denial of his capabilities, but I don’t think her mom was. But Finister was an adult, and with an adult child, sometimes all you can do is watch and worry.
    Him on a bicycle does make him seem ludicrous doesn’t it.

  4. yvete said,

    October 2, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    Such a sad story. I went to Junior High with this woman and moved away 10 years ago… I haven’t heard or spoken to her in years. It sucks to find out her life ended this way. My blessings go out to her family. There’s a picture of the guy on the Oakland tribunes website. Ladies, we have to be carful…

  5. Sheri Wells said,

    October 24, 2006 at 3:20 am

    This was just such a hit to my heart when i found out. I worked with Akiba and her sister in San Leandro about 3 yrs ago and had tried to keep in touch with her sister, but we lost touch. My prayers go out to her family. I have tried to get an update on this story as far as whether or not th family was able to get enough funds to bury her and whether or not Mr. Knight has been captured. If anyone knows how I can keep up wit the events of this tragic event please let me know. Let’s please help this family all we can whether it be prayers, words of encouragement or if anyone has any info on her killer, please come forward.

  6. A love one said,

    February 7, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Im a love one of Akiba. This hurt her family very badly. A lot of people just didnt know her. She was so funny. The life of the party! She never judged people because that was the way we grew up. Knowing that only God was in charge of that. Her relationship with that scum David was a friendship. He wanted it to be more which lead to her death. When you meet people you dont know everything about them, over time you get to know that person. Thats just what happened in this case, but it was to late for her to leave. I dont know why Im saying this. Maybe because she cant. Life goes on and people will forget but not the ones that loved her and respected friends. He is still out there so women need to be aware. He is an old desperate man who will do anything for love.

  7. Quajualin said,

    September 3, 2008 at 7:27 am

    I just found this wed page and i am her sister her was found and his trial is about to goon AKIBA was and will always be great that was not her boyfriend her was just a man who wanted to be

  8. friend of the families said,

    October 24, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Even though it’s been a while since this has happened the pain still is and will continue to be felt..i ask that people pray for her family and her children in hopes that one day they can fully get through this tradgedy.

    On another note…no one is to blame for this except the man who stole her life away from everyone who loved her sometimes people have blinders over their eyes and try to see the good in people even though said people have done bad in the past I believe that was the case with her…either way She now is angel watching over her children proud how beautiful ,loving,caring,and funny they have grown to be.

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