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Bar "still in shock" after deadly stabbing

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Antoinette Latoya Baker, 30, killed in a bar fight. Antoinette Latoya Baker, 30, killed in a bar fight.
Katie Nicole Robinson, 32, charged with murder. Katie Nicole Robinson, 32, charged with murder.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police say a Charlotte mother was killed when she was stabbed by a former Charlotte school bus driver during a fight at a bar near uptown Charlotte.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers were called to an assault at Hartigan's Irish Pub along 601 South Cedar Street around 2:21 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they arrived, they found Antoinette Latoya Baker, 30, lying in an outdoor common area of the bar near the parking lot.

Witnesses told police several women, including Baker and 32-year-old Katie Nicole Robinson, had been fighting in the restroom. Their brawl spilled out of the bar where Baker was stabbed.   

According to a spokesperson from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Robinson is a former school bus driver with the district.  Her last day was in July 2011.

Baker was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where she later died.

Officers took several witnesses to police headquarters and took Robinson into custody. She was charged with murder on Sunday afternoon.

Baker's last Facebook post shows she'd just celebrated her son's 11th birthday. Friends and family are still shocked about Baker's death.

"She was the first one to give you a hug when things went bad," Baker's cousin Tony told WBTV.  "There wasn't another kind of person on earth like her.  She's truly going to be missed."

Police say the two women did not know each other.

Arrest records show Robinson has been charged with several misdemeanors in June, July and August of this year. Her charges include breaking and entering, communicating threats and assault.

She is being held without bond.

Her father says the recent arrests were all domestic, and were related to what he called a "toxic" relationship Robinson was having with another woman.

He says his daughter tells him she was acting in self-defense.  He says she told him that Baker and two other women had been harassing her all night, and then jumped her as she was trying to leave the bar.

But Baker's family says it was Baker who was attacked by Robinson while trying to leave the bar.

On Tuesday night, Hartigan's Irish Pub released the following statement about the incident:

The owners and staff of Hartigan's Irish Pub are still in shock after the tragic and senseless event that took place Sunday. They send their condolences to the friends and family of Ms. Baker and join in their grief. Please know that the owners, staff, and private security guard did everything they could to assist Ms. Baker and to assist the police officers in their investigation. One of the staff had summoned the police prior to the stabbing, so officers were on the scene almost immediately. While officers were taking control of the situation, one of the owners was assisting the police officers and another was on the phone with the medics getting instructions. In response to the statement made anonymously by a person claiming to be a first responder that a Hartigan's owner kept her from rendering assistance, it simply is not true. Her assertions only serve to inflame what is already a tragic and painful event. We understand the investigation is continuing and we are cooperating in any way that we can. If anyone has additional information that will assist the investigation please contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Hartigan's goal has always been to provide a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for all of our patrons with a zero tolerance policy for any type of violence or fighting. To everyone who was injured, involved, or present, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. To the many, many of our friends and patrons who have reached out to us, we can't express enough how much we appreciate the love and support you have given us.

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