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).”
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