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Man charged in fatal stabbing in Prince William Co.

Elvin Yobex Guzman Lopez, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Manassas man Edwin Noe Enamorado Matute, 22. (Courtesy of Prince William County)

Elvin Yobex Guzman Lopez, of no fixed address, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Edwin Noe Enamorado Matute.

According to police, the slaying took place shortly about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Officers found Matute in the front foyer of his home in the 7600 block of Somerset Lane in Manassas, suffering from multiple stab wounds. CPR was performed on Matute and he was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

An investigation revealed that Matute and Lopez were acquaintances and that the two men were involved in a verbal altercation earlier that evening in the area of Parkland Street and Old Centreville Road.

During the fight, Lopez pulled out a knife, police said. Matute tried to run away, but fell down. Police said that Lopez took the opportunity to jump on top of the victim and stab him several times before witnesses intervened. The fight that allegedly broke out between the men was “alcohol-related,” said police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Witnesses, who were not identified, took Matute back to his Somerset Lane home and called police.

Officers obtained a description of the suspect and found Lopez in the area of the stabbing.

Matute’s family members, who stood near his home Monday morning, said Matute had come to the U.S. from Honduras about a year ago to work in the construction industry, in part to provide money for family members back home. He was not married, but helped care for his parents and other family, they said.

Lopez is currently being held without bond. A court date is set for March 16.


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