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Alicia Espinoza, 45

Alicia Espinoza, a 45-year-old Latina, was found dead Tuesday, Dec. 31 in the 1700 block of North Wilmington Boulevard in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Espinoza and a male in his 40s were discovered with multiple stab wounds by an employee at Oscar’s Motel, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office.

The employee called police about 12:10 p.m., said LAPD Officer Giovanni Oliva.  The man was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition, Oliva said. 

Espinoza, of Long Beach, was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m., Winter said. An autopsy showed she died of multiple stab wounds.  

The two had rented the room and had been staying there for a few days, Oliva said. The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information can call Oliva or Det. Rodriguez at the Harbor Homicide Division at (310) 726-7881. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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