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Stabbing at Cheli's Bar involved employees

DETROIT -- Two people were found stabbed to death Tuesday
morning at a sports bar owned by Detroit Red Wings defenseman
Chris Chelios, authorities said. Police arrested a former employee, according to news reports.

The victims were a man and woman who both worked for Cheli's
Chili Bar, officials said. They were found shortly after 9 a.m. on
the restaurant's second floor, said police spokeswoman Yvette
Walker.

A former employee was arrested, the Detroit Free Press and The
Detroit News reported. Earlier, Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings
told the Free Press that "a former disgruntled employee" may have
been responsible.

The newspapers identified the victims as Megan Soroka, 49, of
suburban Dearborn, and Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit.

Soroka was a manager and Barnard was a cook, the papers said.

A message seeking additional information was left Tuesday night
with police.

Police also questioned other employees in the restaurant at the
time of the killings, believed to be shortly before 9 a.m. The
three-story building sits next to Comerica Park, home of the
Detroit Tigers.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred at our
establishment this morning," Chelios said in a statement. "Our
hearts go out to the families of the victims -- they were wonderful
employees and were part of our family."

Chelios opened the sports bar and restaurant in 2005. The
restaurant, which has a banner honoring former Red Wings captain
Steve Yzerman hanging from an exterior wall, had been expected to
have a busy night Tuesday because of a ceremony at Joe Louis Arena
honoring Yzerman.

The restaurant remained closed Tuesday night, said
spokeswoman Jennifer Cooper.

Chelios, who did not play in Detroit's 2-1 win against Anaheim
on Tuesday night, will not travel with the team on Wednesday so he
can deal with matters at his bar, coach Mike Babcock said. The Red
Wings play in San Jose on Thursday.