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Atwater knife fight kills 33-year-old Delhi man

A Delhi man is dead after an apparent knife fight in Atwater, according to Atwater police.

The victim, a 33-year-old Delhi resident, was found Wednesday evening in a home in the 1100 block of Mary Ann Drive. Police responded to a report of a stabbing at the home, and when they arrived at 6:42 p.m., they found two men with stab wounds.

Both victims were taken to Mercy Medical Center Merced, where one of them later died. Police aren't releasing his identity until his family has been notified.

Police believe that an argument between the men turned physical, resulting in one of the men using a knife.

Manuel Lara, 26, of Merced, who also sustained knife wounds, was treated and booked Thursday morning at the Merced County Jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter, Atwater police said.

The death is the second violent incident in Atwater to occur in a week. Two people were killed Friday at Castleview Apartments in the 1600 block of Bellevue Road.

Police said that case may be a murder-suicide, although a final determination hasn't been made.

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