NORWALK — A neighborhood described by those on the street as “quiet” was buzzing on Thursday after a 29-year-old man was fatally stabbed overnight.

Norwalk police said they had a person of interest in the death of Michael Moody, who was stabbed around 1 a.m. in his Fairfield Avenue apartment. Moody was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he died.

Those who grew up in the area remember Moody as a talented basketball player. On the court, Moody was known for a smooth jump shot he used to devastate competition at Brien McMahon High School and before that at Ponus Ridge Middle School. Off the court, they said he was a quiet kid with an infectious smile.

“To be honest, I never heard the city scream nobody name like they screamed yours in a game. Them Ponus/McMahon hallways know the history,” Shawn Simmons, who played point guard alongside Moody from middle school through high school, wrote on Facebook hours after news of his death broke.

If confirmed, Moody’s death would be the first Norwalk homicide in more than two years since 26-year-old Johnny Lezeau was shot and killed on Ely Avenue on July 20, 2017.

While police did not release more details about Thursday’s incident, Fairfield Avenue was taped off between Garner and Golden Hill streets for hours as investigators remained at the multifamily home where Moody lived.

Nearby residents gathered around the scene, and expressed shock that a stabbing occurred in their “quiet” neighborhood.

“These things never happen here,” said Jay Reyes, a neighbor who said he knew the victim. “I”m just trying to get through my grief.”

Carlos Ramos, who lives on nearby Bayview Avenue, said he moved to the area from South Norwalk for a “change of pace.”

“It’s a relaxed, middle-class neighborhood,” Ramos said. “I’ve heard of fights or drunken disorderlies, but no stabbings. I’ve never had any personal problems here.”

Still, Ramos said he knew of the house even before the stabbing. When he would drive home late at night from his restaurant job in Stamford, Ramos would often see people hanging outside on the property.

“But it is surprising,” Ramos said. “When a tragedy like this happens, it’s always sad. And it puts a spotlight on the neighborhood for the wrong reasons.”

As police were investigating, they called for more officers for what witnesses described as a disturbance, possibly involving members of Moody’s family, around noon Thursday. Marked and unmarked police cars flanked the home and a Crime Scene Unit vehicle was parked in the driveway. As officers moved in and out of the house, neighbors looked on from their porches and from the sidewalk.

Terrence Poteat — who lives in Texas, grew up in Norwalk and is visiting family nearby — said on his morning walks up to Cedar Street, Moody would often greet him.

“I didn’t believe it when I first heard,” Poteat said. “He was a friendly dude, he’d never hurt nobody.”

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Staff writer Pat Tomlinson contributed to this story.