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Coroner: Victim identified in deadly stabbing

Man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death
Posted at 11:17 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 18:41:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County coroner has identified 26-year-old Joseph Melendez as the victim in a deadly stabbing that took place on Cinco de Mayo.

Officials say, on May 5 around 1:01 am, Melendez was stabbed to death by another person at the 1600 Block of West Drive in East Bakersfield.

According to KCSO, Melendez died at the scene.

A postmortem examination was conducted and found that the cause of death was a stab wound and the manner was homicide.

We will update this story as more information comes in.