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Woman fatally stabbed in San Pedro on Christmas Eve

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a woman in San Pedro on Christmas Eve.

A group of passersby discovered a woman lying on the sidewalk in front of a building on the 1110 block of South Pacific Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. She had been stabbed in the chest multiple times. The passersby told police they had seen several men running from the area.

Police did not release the name of the victim, who died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

The killing is the latest in a surge of violent crimes in San Pedro in recent days. Typically, the predominantly blue-collar community that hugs the city's massive seaport experiences four or five serious violent crimes a week, but there were at least 10 incidents during a recent seven-day period, according to a Times analysis of crime data.

And killings in San Pedro are up dramatically in 2011 compared with 2010 –- a trend that runs counter to almost all other parts of Los Angeles, where homicide rates have remained flat or fallen. The stabbing was the ninth killing in San Pedro this year, compared with only two in 2010, the Times analysis showed.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Harbor Area Homicide Detectives David Alvarez at (310) 726-7889 or Patty Batts at (310) 726-7879. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800) 222-8477).


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