An 18-year-old Atwater man was stabbed to death inside a motel room early Saturday, the Sun-Star has confirmed.
The victim, Sergio Avelar, was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m. inside a room at the Applegate Inn, 1501 Sycamore Ave., Lt. Samuel Joseph said in a telephone interview.
“The investigation is in its early stages. It’s too early to comment on (motives), but investigators have not ruled anything out at this point,” Joseph said.
No arrests have been made. No suspect descriptions were immediately available Saturday.
Detectives believe there was a gathering, possibly a party, inside the motel room when violence erupted.
The weapon used in the deadly attack has not been located, officers said.
The death marks the first homicide of the year in Atwater. The city reported three homicides in 2015.