ECHO PARK — Police are looking for a man who is “probably a homeless person” in connection with last week’s fatal stabbing at Echo Park Lake.
The victim, described as a male Latino in his 20s, and a group of companions had gone to neighborhood restaurants and nightclubs on Thursday night, July 21, before they headed to Echo Park Lake, said Lt. Joe Losorelli with the LAPD Rampart Division. The group was hanging out near the park restrooms by Park Avenue and Lemoyne Street when a man with a shaved head and mustache emerged from one of the restrooms. The man, who was angry because he apparently thought the group was laughing and making fun of him, punched and later stabbed the victim, Losorelli said. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
“They were not the instigators,” Losorelli said of the group. “They were good kids.”
The suspect is believed to be a homeless person who lives in the area, Losorelli said. Police are searching for him and are preparing a drawing of the suspect as part of the search.
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:
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