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Francisco Zarate, 57

January 31, 2007 |  3:11 pm

Francisco Zarate, a 57-year-old Latino man, was stabbed during an argument at 7530 S. LaSalle Ave. in LAPD's 77th Street Division and died at 10:32 p.m. Jan. 22.

Zarate was killed for being a good Samaritan, police say. According to them, Zarate had stepped between his landlord and a hostile tenant, trying to stop an argument. The tenant, Tam Phoune Le, 48, allegedly stabbed them both and was later arrested, still wearing his bloodstained shirt. The landlord survived. LAPD statement