[KHTS] – A county Coroner’s Office spokesman ID’ed Monday the victim of a Canyon Country stabbing that is being investigated as a gang-related incident.
Jose Eduardo Ocampo, 25, was killed in the parking lot of a condominium complex in the 18100 block of Sundowner Way. He died from multiple stab wounds to the chest, according to Lt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The time of death was approximately 10:55 p.m. Friday, Winter said.
Los Angeles County Homicide Bureau detectives have not released any information about a possible suspect or suspects involved in the stabbing.
Upon their arrival, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies discovered the victim lying on the ground, in the open, with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA Unit is assisting the Homicide Bureau, according to officials. The COBRA Unit, or Career Offenders — Robbery, Burglary Assault, specializes in investigations into gang-related activity and criminal.
A large fight involving bats and metal pipes at Langside and Soledad Canyon Road, about one mile away, was reported to Sheriff’s Station officials around 9:30 p.m.
Homicide detectives could not be reached for comment to determine if the two incidents were related.
A resident, who asked not to be identified because of rumors that at least one of the assailants lived in the multi-unit complex, said they heard the sound of a car peeling out, which set off car alarms nearby, around the time of the murder.
Although multiple residents of the condo said crime is not uncommon to the area, residents said they were surprised by the murder.
“For this community, this is just not stuff that happens,” said one resident who did not wish to be named, due to similar concern. “It’s mostly families, but there are pockets of gang (members).”
Ocampo was a suspected gang member, and the assailants are also believed to be gang members.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.