Man Killed in West Berkeley Stabbing

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A man was fatally stabbed in the chest Thursday evening in West Berkeley.

Berkeley Police Department officers responded to the scene on the 2100 block of Curtis Street at about 7:40 p.m., according to Berkeley police Officer Andrew Frankel.

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to the Highland General Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead a few hours later, Frankel said.

The suspect, 22-year-old Berkeley resident Kevin Aaron Alvarado, fled the scene in a vehicle, Frankel said.

Police believe Alvarado is a member of the West Side Berkeley gang and will attempt to flee the country.

West Side Berkeley gang was founded in the late 1970s and is the oldest existing gang in the city, Frankel said.

Frankel added that police do not believe the stabbing was random or gang-motivated.

"We're in the process of defining the motive in this case," he said.

The incident is the first homicide in Berkeley this year. There were six homicides in 2009 and eight in 2008, according to Frankel.

Alvarado is described as a male, 5' 7" in height and weighing 205 pounds.

The Berkeley Police Department is urging anyone who may have information regarding the stabbing to call BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line (BACS) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Tomer Ovadia is the city news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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