Man dies after argument turns violent


Eduardo Ortega, Jr.

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif.  - A San Diego man was stabbed to death in a fight later Saturday night and the search for the man who attacked him continued Monday, National City police said.

Police were called to a report of a possible shooting or stabbing at 43rd and Delta streets in Shelltown, a San Diego neighborhood just north of National City, at about 11:30 p.m.  Officers found the victim nearby in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue in National City, Lt. Robert Rounds said.

Eduardo Ortega, Jr., 25, was bleeding from stab wounds when he was taken to a hospital. He died shortly after midnight Sunday, police said.

"I want justice for him because he didn’t deserve to be stabbed," said Sandra Gutierrez, a family friend. She and others laid candles by the sidewalk Sunday where Ortega was found.

"They took him to a hospital, but he died on the way to the hospital. He had three heart attacks," said Gutierrez. "It wasn’t worth it, stabbing somebody. I don’t have any words to explain this."

Witnesses said they saw Ortega fighting with a Hispanic man before the stabbing. The main suspect was described as a 6-feet-tall man, medium build and about 30 years old.

Police say they are looking for two suspects and have surveillance video of them from the store.

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