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Francisco Morales, 41, Was Transient Who Died in East Village Stabbing


East Village stabbing scene
Investigators from the Medical Examiner’s Office wait at the scene of the East Village stabbing. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Authorities on Thursday publicly identified a homeless man who was fatally stabbed in the East Village, allegedly by a fellow transient.

Patrol officers responding to a report of an assault found Francisco Morales, 41, lying wounded in the roadway in the 100 block of 17th Street at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The victim died at the scene. The suspected assailant, Paul Bellow, 57, was arrested nearby.

The suspect allegedly entered a woman’s tent, punched her and threatened to kill her, police said. Soon afterwards, he and Morales began a physical altercation that apparently ended when Bellow stabbed Morales.

The suspect was treated at a hospital for minor injuries before being booked on suspicion of murder, burglary, issuing criminal threats and brandishing a weapon.

City News Service


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