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Hayk Torosyan, 29

Hayk Torosyan (2008-05-17)

Hayk Jack Torosyan, 29, an Armenian man, was stabbed during a fight at 1100 Alameda Ave. in Glendale about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, May 17. He was taken by ambulance to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m.

Police spokesman John Balian of the Glendale Police Department said that Torosyan had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend on Friday, May 16. Later that day, Torosyan and a friend, Brian Herbert, 38, went looking for the ex-boyfriend, Avetis Barnasyan, 23, also Armenian. The two men found Barnasyan early Saturday near an alley by the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard. Balian said Torosyan and Barnasyan fought in the alley. During the fight, Torosyan was stabbed once in the chest with a knife. Balian said the knife punctured his heart.   

Police arrested Herbert and Barnasyan on suspicion of murder. Balian said the two men were released by the court on Tuesday, May 20, because Torosyan had initiated the fight and Barasyan was simply defending himself.

Update: According to the L.A. County Department of Coroner, Torosyan is 29-years-old.

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