LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a suspect is in custody in Louisville's first homicide of 2017, just hours after it happened.

Police arrested 39-year-old Laquinta S. Pearson early Thursday. She has been charged with murder.

According to police the victim was stabbed around 1 o'clock Thursday morning at the Park Hill Apartments on South 11th Street. We're told the fight started during a birthday party at the apartments.

Debbie Hunt, the victim's girlfriend, has identified him as 35-year-old Antione Pearson. She says he has a birthday coming up next week, and leaves behind a 4-year-old son.

Pearson's girlfriend says she dropped him off at the party Wednesday night and that's the last time she saw him. 

"He was funny," Hunt said. "He liked to lift weights, he loved his son, and he liked to dance. He made me laugh."

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says Pearson and the victim are cousins, and got into a confrontation which led to the stabbing.

Laquinta Pearson turned 39 on Wednesday. She is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections and is due in court on Friday. 

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