Gym teacher stabbed after coming to woman's rescue

A man who was stabbed in the chest while trying to help a woman in downtown Providence last weekend has been identified as a 25-year-old city physical education teacher.

Police said Central High School teacher David Taveras barely survived Saturday's stabbing.

Police said Taveras was downtown at about 3 a.m. Saturday and was walking to his car when he saw a woman he knew caught in a fight in a parking lot off Mathewson Street.

Police say he was stabbed deep in the chest when he pulled her out of the fight, and the knife struck his heart.

Friends rushed Taveras to Rhode Island Hospital, where he's in stable condition. Police say medical staff saved his life.

Students who know Taveras had already heard the news and told NBC 10 they were thinking of their teacher and wishing him a speedy return.

"I'm not surprised he would help someone because he was helpful. But I'm surprised someone would stab him. Why, he's such a nice guy?" said student Aisha Johnson.

"Hope he gets better and gets to school soon. He's my teacher and I miss him," said student Vanatha Ruiz.

Taveras' family told NBC 10 that they're hopeful he'll be home by the end of the week.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.