SAN DIEGO–A Fourth of July family gathering turned tragic after a man was fatally stabbed in a physical altercation with a family member, a San Diego police spokesman said Sunday.
The stabbing victim has been identified as 54 year-old Hermeneglido Parra of San Diego, officers say.
On Sunday, officers arrested 22 year-old Joseph Henry Garcia at the Otay Mesa Point of Entry. Garcia has been charged with the murder of Parra and has been booked into County Jail.
On Saturday evening, officers received a 911 call of a stabbing and a male down in the rear yard of a residence in the 3100 block of National Avenue.
When officers arrived, they located an unconscious male who had sustained multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. Life saving measures were performed by responding paramedics, but the male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed there was a gathering of family members and friends celebrating the holiday and a physical altercation erupted between the victim and a family member. The victim was stabbed multiple times and the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle which was later located in Southbay.