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Jose Perez, 29

Jose Perez, a 29-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the 1500 block of South Normandie Avenue in Pico-Union, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The attack was sparked by an argument between Perez and another man about 2 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. The two were reputed gang members.

Perez was stabbed repeatedly with a knife. After the incident, authorities were called, and the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Coroner's records show Perez was stabbed in the face, right arm, chest and abdomen.

Police took a man in his 20s into custody in connection with the attack, LAPD Officer Karen Rayner said. The assailant has since been identified as Jesus Molina, a 24-year-old Latino.

Molina has been charged with one count of murder and is being held in lieu of $1.075-million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 14 at the Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Anyone with additional information about the killing is asked to contact West Bureau homicide Det. Jeffrey Sandefur at (213) 382-9434. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Los Angeles Times

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