The man killed in an early morning stabbing Monday has been identified by the El Paso County coroner as 34-year-old Norzell Badger Jr.

The 17-year-old son of Badger's longtime girlfriend has been arrested in connection to his death.

Badger, a native of Flint, Mich., died Monday from stab wounds suffered during an apparent family disturbance shortly before 2 a.m. at 114 N. Chelton Road.

He was the father of four children - ages 12, 11, 9 and 1 - said his mother, Christina Badger.

"I never dreamed anything like this would happen," she said. "I don't understand this at all."

Badger said her son and his girlfriend of nine years met in Michigan and moved to Colorado Springs to get her teen-age son, Avery James Jackson, away from an area plagued with poverty and crime.

"They thought that getting him out of this environment would set him straight," said Badger, who lives in Flint.

Badger's family is currently raising money to have his body brought home to Michigan to be buried next to his father, who died last year.

Christina Badger said her son was the kind of person who would "give you his last."

"My son was a good guy. He was just good-hearted," Badger said.

His death marks the city's 26th homicide this year, putting the city on pace to surpass the record of 32 homicides in a year, set in 2011.