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Christian Smith, 19 [Updated]

Christian Smith, a 19-year-old black man, was stabbed to death Saturday, May 28, in the 20000 block of Stephanie Drive in Charter Oak, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The stabbing was reported about 2 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Diane Hecht said.

“About 20 to 25 young adults were attending a party,” Hecht said. “At about 2 a.m., two men began arguing. The argument escalated into a fight and [Smith] was stabbed in the upper torso.”

Smith was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Hecht said.

Investigators were searching for the suspect, “who ran from the scene,” Hecht said. “The weapon has not been recovered.”

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters who'd like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

[Update June 2: Man, woman arrested in stabbing death at Covina area party]

-- Louis Sahagun

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