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Kustanya Sugrao Buckhalter, 36

Kustanya Sugrao Buckhalter, a 36-year-old black man, was stabbed to death May 30 in Lincoln Park in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

The incident began about 9:05 p.m. when Long Beach police officers received a call about a fight between two males in Lincoln Park at 151 Pacific Ave., according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department. 

Buckhalter was stabbed during the fight and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:31 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Phillip Lester Vargas, a 51-year-old black man, was arrested on suspicion of murder and jailed with bail set at $1,020,000. 

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Long Beach homicide Dets. Malcolm Evans and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

-- Jeanette Marantos

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