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53-Year-Old Dead After Skid Row Beating, Stabbing

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 08:01AM
LAPD Tape Night File Photo / blogdowntown

A 53-year-old man died Wednesday evening after a fatal stabbing at 7th and Ceres. Police report that the man staggered into the C&C Market at 6:30pm, asked the clerk to call 9-1-1, and then collapsed on the floor.

"Witnesses told detectives that about five Black men attacked and beat the victim on the sidewalk near 7th Street and Ceres Street," said Lt. Jim Gavin, a detective watch commander for the Central Detective Division. "We'd like anyone with any information to call us."

Police described the victim as Hispanic, but did not immediately release his name. Paramedics transported him to the hospital where he died a short time later.

The murder is the 11th in 2011 for LAPD's Central area, which covers most of Downtown. That number includes two incidents that took place in 2010 and were later reclassified. Overall violent crime is up five percent in 2011, though it is still six percent below 2009 levels.

Anyone with information is asked to report tips the Central Homicide Unit, at 213-972-1254. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

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