Man fatally stabbed in Echo Park near memorial to murder victims

ECHO PARK — A man was fatally stabbed at Echo Park Lake Thursday night a short distance from an art project honoring Los Angeles murder victims that opened in the park earlier in the day.

The victim, described as a male Latino in his 20s, was stabbed during an argument with another man near the park restrooms close to Park Avenue and Lemoyne Street at about 10:40 p.m., said Sgt. John Wolfe with the LAPD Rampart Division. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. The suspect remains outstanding.

The victim was visiting the area with friends when the stabbing took place, Wolfe said. It’s not clear what initiated the argument. An Eastsider reader said the restrooms were sealed off and being guarded by police last night.

The homicide scene is a brief walk from where a large, temporary art project, La Sombra (The Shade), was erected in the park as part of CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial. The artwork, created by by Mexican conceptual artist Teresa Margolles, served as a memorial to Los Angeles murder victims. The biennial website says:

“Using water to mark 100 murder sites in LA, Teresa Margolles used the water from that process to erect a single memorial to these victims of violence, and offer a place of respite at Echo Park Lake, where visitors can rest, meditate, and reflect under La Sombra (The Shade).”

“La Sombra,” a temporary art installation, serves as a memorial to murder victims.

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  1. The portable catwalks and other metal railings surrounding three-quarters of this so-called art installation look like an invitation for injury to children or anyone else climbing them; will the scaffolding(?) be removed soon? I don’t think that our Park is the place for this “memorial,” and would like to know what committee, commission, etc, okayed it’s installation. It’s intention is a bit subtle, to put it kindly, and to my eyes appears plain ugly in our beautiful park setting.

  2. This is the perfect example of why Art will never overcome illegal immigration. PS – this is not ART!

  3. No more details about the stabbing? Why isn’t it being reported anywhere else? LAPD will fly choppers over the neighborhood for hours looking for a stolen vehicle suspect, but someone gets murdered in Echo Park and it barely registers.

  4. This ugly structure is an eyesore, and an omen .
    Anything that is based on murder, is a curse to the land.
    Maybe next time that they come out with some brilliant idea to create art., they’ll get some really talented individuals who can perform something positively appealing !
    I seen this coming a mile away…

  5. I know this guy dont know his name but he rides around in a pink fixie bike and looks like a washed up gang member on drugs. He has tatoos on his arms most of the time wearing jeans with a black muscle shirt or walking without a shirt. We have heard him screaming at like 6 in the morning down my street. He is definitely a troubled person. I last saw him at the Lotus festival on July 10. He looks identical to the sketch and the description sounds like him…SCARRY!!!!

    • Janet hi have i heard this guy around lately that was my son the one he killed and he left two kids.pls if u can just tell me around what streets u guys have heard him or seen him pls that would help. Lot or if u can contact the detectives pls he had a family that loved him and we are suffering a lot because of this. i would really appreciate it..

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