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Man Stabbed to Death in Gang Fight

One man was stabbed to death and one was seriously injured early Saturday when members of two rival gangs clashed outside a Gardena apartment house, police said.

Eight suspected gang members have been jailed on suspicion of murder and attempted murder following the 1 a.m. incident at 15015 S. Normandie Ave., Sgt. Hernandes Lobo said. No bail has been set for the men.

Police could not release identification of either victim until their families were notified, Lobo said. The dead man, a Los Angeles resident believe to be about 20 years old, had been stabbed in the neck during the fight and died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The injured man, a 21-year-old Los Angeles resident, had several stab wounds on his torso and was listed in critical condition at the same hospital.

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Lobo said both gangs involved are based in Los Angeles. Members had come to Gardena for a party.

Two Gardena officers were first on the scene after spotting 30 or 40 people fighting in the street during a routine cruise through the neighborhood, Lobo said.

In addition to several Gardena police units, officers from the Hawthorne Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to help control the crowd.

The stabbing suspects are brothers Dasrrel Hilt, 18, Tony Hilt, 20, and Varley Hilt, 22, believed to be residents of Los Angeles; Compton resident Johnny Graham, 21,; Los Angeles resident John Williams, 26; and Albert Jones, 23, James Mitchell, 20, and Nathaniel Hawkins, age unknown.

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