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UPDATED: Man stabbed to death in Newhall

Posted: December 2, 2012 10:43 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 12:13 p.m.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station remove yellow barrier tape and open 15th Street to traffic at Walnut Street on Sunday morning. Deputies had roped off a section of 15th Street shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday after they learned a man had been stabbed to death.

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A Newhall man was stabbed to death early Sunday morning in what is now Santa Clarita Valley’s latest homicide, a sheriff’s sergeant has confirmed.

Shortly after 2:15 a.m., an adult Hispanic male was found stabbed in Newhall, said Sgt. Rich Pena, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were called to a home in the 22800 block of 15th Street, between Chestnut and Walnut streets, for reports of a man having been stabbed.

Unconfirmed reports at the scene suggest the victim had suffered a laceration to his throat.

“He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Pena said.

Investigators with the department’s Homicide Bureau are at the scene gathering evidence, he said.

“A graphic artist has been called in,” Pena said, but had no details about the request made by investigators early in the investigation.

In the concrete front yard of a house identified by neighbors as where the stabbing occurred, a half dozen young men stood in quiet vigil in front of a candlelight shrine.

“No one is going to talk to you today,” one of the men told The Signal.

“I don’t mean any disrespect but maybe later someone in the family will talk,” he said. “Not now.”

Local sheriff’s deputies roped off a section of 15th Street shortly after having arrived at the house.

Shortly before 10 a.m., they allowed traffic to resume on 15th between Railroad Avenue to Newhall Avenue, near William S. Hart High School.

He was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the victim’s name cannot be released since investigators are still trying to contact his next of kin.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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