Friends are raising support for a 21-year-old Charleston man who was stabbed early Sunday morning trying to break up an argument between a man and his girlfriend.

Desmond Casey, 21, of Killians Street was seriously wounded shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Chad Patrick Stalnaker, 29, told police he and his girlfriend were arguing while walking along Coming Street toward their apartment after a night at the bars when Casey intervened, according to the report.

Stalnaker and Casey started fighting, and another man came along and tried to break up the fight, according to the police report. Stalnaker ran into his apartment, got a kitchen knife, jumped from the second-floor balcony and stabbed Casey several times, according to the report.

Casey ran north on Coming Street and collapsed on Fishburne Street, where he was taken to the hospital with wounds to the face and chest.

Officers said they found Stalnaker covered with blood, visibly upset and apparently intoxicated. He told police Casey was in his girlfriend's face, according to the report.

The girlfriend was too drunk to remember much other than men fighting, including how she got a cut on her right thumb and ended up with blood on her hands and clothes, according to the report. EMS took her to Roper Hospital for treatment.

Stalnaker was identified as a bouncer at a downtown bar. He remained in the Charleston County jail Tuesday on $125,000 bail on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Casey is a dishwasher at Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen. The staff set up a Facebook page for him.

"He radiates love and positivity and can often be found singing and dancing in the dish room at Lee Lee's," according to the post. "Des is always willing to go above and beyond to help anyone and put a smile on everyones (sic) face."

Casey remained in the intensive-care unit at Medical University Hospital Tuesday, and his co-workers are planning events to raise money for his medical expenses.