Alberto Diaz Jr., 32, of Guadalupe was the victim of the fatal stabbing Friday night in northern Santa Maria, police announced today.
Officers were called to a parking lot in the 1000 block of North Broadway, near Bunny Street, at 5:39 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing, according to police Lt. Chris Vaughn.
Diaz, who was not immediately identified, suffered a severe laceration, Vaughn said, and was treated by paramedics before being transported to Marian Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
Police are investigating the stabbing as a possible gang-related homicide.
It was the second violent fatality in that area of Santa Maria in as many days.
On Thursday morning, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot by police on Agnes Avenue in the same area as tonight’s killing.
Samyr Ceballos, a documented West Park gang member, was killed in front of his home in the 300 block of Agnes Avenue in an exchange of gunfire, wounding two officers, as they tried to stop his car during a narcotics investigation.
Police have made no arrests in the stabbing.