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The Today File

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October 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Seattle’s 25th homicide victim this year is identified

A man who was fatally stabbed near a nightclub in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood early Friday has been identified as 21-year-old Faustino Cervantes by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Cervantes was walking with his girlfriend shortly before 2 a.m. outside of Tia Lou’s on the 2200 block of First Avenue when he became involved in an argument with four men, according to the Seattle Police Department. Before the couple could reach their car a block away, at least one of the men stabbed Cervantes in the abdomen.

Witnesses told police the suspects drove away in a gray truck or SUV and that there may have been people recording the altercation with their cellphones.

Detectives do not think the stabbing was a random act, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-684-5550.

The homicide is Seattle’s 25th this year, five more than in all of 2011.

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