Independence Police are investigating a fatal stabbing Sunday afternoon in a west-side neighborhood, the city’s first homicide this year.

Officers responded shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday to a disturbance at the 2900 block of South Hawthorne Avenue, just south of 31st Street west of Hardy Avenue. They found a stabbing victim, 37-year-old Josť Gotay, who was rushed to an area hospital and died shortly after transport. It is not known if Gotay lived at the home or in the neighborhood, but police said he was found outside.

As of late Monday morning, police had not released any suspect information.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email