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LAPD seeks clues in deadly Valentine's Day stabbing

Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for the killer or killers of a 63-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Watts on Valentine's Day.

Samuel Benton was lying on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 112th Street when he was spotted by a passerby about 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. 

Benton was taken to a hospital, where he died from his wounds, police said, adding that detectives had not established a motive for the slaying.

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At least 72 homicides have been reported within a mile of Benton's killing since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report.

Anyone with information regarding Benton's slaying is asked to call detectives at (213) 485-4341.


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