Man stabbed to death in homeless encampment near 91 Freeway in North Long Beach

A 41-year-old man died Saturday morning after being stabbed in a homeless encampment near the 91 Freeway and Long Beach Boulevard, authorities said.

The victim was found lying on the ground outside a residence in the 200 block of East Artesia Boulevard, a few blocks from the encampment, just before 5:30 Saturday morning. He had multiple stab wounds to his upper body and was determined dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

He was identified as Anthony Durr, a resident of Long Beach.

Officers believe that Durr was not stabbed where his body was found and evidence during the preliminary investigation led officers to a homeless encampment on the eastern side of Long Beach Boulevard near the 91 Freeway, according to police. There, they found evidence of a crime scene.

“Through their preliminary investigation, homicide detectives believe the victim was walking in the homeless encampment when he and an adult male suspect engaged in a dispute which led to the stabbing,” police said in a news release. They believe the victim then walked to the Artesia Boulevard before collapsing.

Police said the suspect fled on foot before officers got there and is outstanding. Detectives don’t know if there is a relationship between the victim and suspect, but they believe this was an isolated incident, according to the release.

“Detectives are actively working to gather additional information to further the investigation, which is ongoing,” police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call homicide detectives Adrian Garcia and Eric Thai at 562-570-7244.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.