Man Fatally Stabbed in Arcata Identified

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The Arcata Police Department identified the man fatally stabbed during an early morning fight Sunday as Eureka resident Luis Enrique Pinel Zelaya.

The 29 year old was killed during an incident that began outside of the Arcata Theater Lounge when he reportedly confronted another man that he had a "beef" with and stabbed him, Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahern told the Journal.

The fight then moved over to the 600 block of 10th Street and at some point involved a third man before ending when Zelaya collapsed on G Street, Ahearn said yesterday.

Two other men, a 27 year old and a 23 year old, remain hospitalized, according to an APD news release. Their names have not been released.

"Both males are Humboldt County residents and received critical injuries during the incident," the release states. "This is an active, on-going investigation and no additional details will be released at this time

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 822-2424.

Read the APD release below:
On Sunday April 18, 2021, at approximately 1:20 am, The Arcata Police Department responded to a fatal stabbing in the 1000 block of G Street. The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old Eureka resident, Luis Enrique Pinel Zelaya. A 27-year-old male and a 23-year-old male remain hospitalized in stable condition. Both males are Humboldt County residents and received critical injuries during the incident. This is an active, on-going investigation and no additional details will be released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department's Investigations Division.

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