A Quinceañera celebration in Hilmar came to a violent end Saturday night when two individuals were stabbed during a fight, including a 14-year-old boy.
The 14-year-old and a 21-year-old man were taken to Emanuel Medical Center for their injuries. Both are expected to recover from their wounds, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
The assault was reported around 9:30 p.m. Saturday by staff at the hospital.
According to the sheriff’s department, the two victims had been guests at a Quinceañera party being held at the Hilmar Grange Hall at 8188 Lander Ave.
The details of the assault are still under investigation, but detectives believe a fight broke out in the back parking lot between several subjects. During the fight the 14-year old was stabbed four times in the abdomen and upper torso, while the 21-year old was stabbed once in the stomach, MacKenzie said.
Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The 14-year old was taken into surgery immediately, MacKenzie said.
A motive for the assault remains unclear, though investigators believe it had gang overtones. MacKenzie said it is unknown if the two victims have gang ties.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 385-7472. Callers can remain anonymous.
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