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Rita C. Quintana, 77

Rita Quintana, a 77-year-old Latina, was fatally stabbed Thursday, April 21, in the 2900 block of East 60th Place, in Huntington Park, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. 

About 11 p.m., Tomas Quintana, 84, called 911 after a struggle with his wife, saying he was not sure if his wife was still alive, according to a news release. 

When Huntington Park police arrived, officers found a knife and Tomas Quintana, who was covered with blood, the release said.  Rita Quintana was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Tomas Quintana was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but six days later he was released after prosecutors requested more information before filing charges, according to a spokeswoman.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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