Man stabbed to death near homeless encampment in North Long Beach

A man was stabbed to death near a homeless encampment in the area of the 91 Freeway and Cherry Avenue Thursday evening, according to authorities.

Police said they first learned about the attack when they responded to a battery in the 6700 block of Cherry Avenue around 6 p.m. and found an unresponsive man with stab wounds to the upper body. The man later died at a local hospital.

Detectives believe the victim and the attacker had an argument near a homeless encampment, which escalated into the stabbing. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

The Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner is currently working to identify the decedent and notify next of kin.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.