Monday, November 2, 2009

Highland Park knife fight victims identified

The LA Weekly said the victims of a weekend knife fight have been identified as Highland Park neighbors Javier Mejia, 43, and Salvador Ayala, 26. One of the men stabbed the other and left the scene in the 100 block of East Avenue 45 at about 3 AM Saturday. A friend of the first victim then apparently avenged his death by finding the man who fled and fatally stabbed him, police said. It's not clear which man was killed first, Detective P.J. Morris told The Eastsider.

Police are still seeking the man responsible for the second fatal stabbing. The men involved in the stabbings were believed to have been drinking heavily when the fatal fight broke out, police said.

"Too much alcohol involved," said Northeast Division Capt. Bill Murphy in an email.

Anyone with information on the killing should call LAPD at (213) 847-4261.

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