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Ysidro Martinez, 17

Ysidro Martinez, a 17-year-old Latino male, was stabbed in the back several times on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, police said.

Investigating officers said Martinez was confronted by a group of people about 10:30 p.m. at Venice Boulevard and Manhattan Place. He was stabbed during a struggle, and the people who confronted him fled the scene on foot, police said.

Martinez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. Authorities initially withheld his name, pending notification of his family.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call homicide Det. John Shafia of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division at (213) 473-0446.

—Anthony Pesce

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