Man stabbed after argument in Cambodia Town Friday night

A man died at a local hospital Friday night after being stabbed in the upper torso, police said.

Officers were dispatched to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and East Anaheim Street at 8:35 p.m. on a battery call, Officer Alvino Herrera said.

“When officers arrived, they located the victim nearby in the roadway with stab wounds to his upper torso,” a Long Beach Police Department press release said.

Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Authorities later identified him as Delbert Smith, 59. Public records show he lived in Long Beach.

The suspects are only described as two males and homicide detectives do not yet know their motive for the stabbing, according to the release.

“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim may have been in a verbal altercation with the suspects before the incident occurred,” police said.

Detectives found the crime scene where the stabbing occurred and collected evidence, according to Herrera.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the incident to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Sean Irving and Ben Vargas at 562-570-7244.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information from a police press release and updated on Feb. 20 with the victim’s name.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.
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