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Car-to-car argument ends in fatal stabbing

September 23, 2010 12:09:42 AM PDT
A young man was stabbed to death in the middle of an intersection in Hawthorne early Thursday morning. Witnesses said the man was brutally attacked after confronting the occupants of another vehicle.Authorities responded to the incident at the intersection of Rosecrans and Inglewood avenues at 2:17 a.m. Police said two vehicles were both traveling down Rosecrans Avenue when there were words exchanged.

The victim, identified as 21-year-old Randel Baker, got out of his vehicle. At least one suspect in the other vehicle stabbed Baker multiple times before fleeing northbound on Inglewood Avenue.

"He didn't deserve this," said Brittany Thomas, the victim's sister.

Witnesses said they saw the victim's body fall to the pavement, while the suspects did not seem in any hurry to get away.

"Now these people are just driving around as if they did nothing and they never even sped off, they drove around as if you wouldn't of thought they did anything. So that's kind of cold hearted and calculated to me," said witness Denele Williams. "I hope these stores have cameras. I'm sure the detectives will do their jobs, and we're looking for justice."

The intersection was closed for most of the morning as the L.A. County Sheriff's Department investigated.

Family members were seen sobbing at the scene of the murder, mourning their tragic loss. Relatives said Baker was holding down two jobs and getting ready to move into an apartment.

Witnesses said the suspects were in a white car, possibly a Nissan Sentra.

A motive for the stabbing has not been determined, and police are unsure if the incident was gang related.

Authorities were still looking for the people responsible for the brutal attack, and hope surveillance video and witness statements will help them solve this crime.

Anyone with information was urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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