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* Melvin Murphy Stabbed to Death and Craig Ainsworth Shot to Death in Oakland

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A man was stabbed to death during an argument at an apartment complex in East Oakland on Tuesday night, police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason said. Thomason identified the victim as 51-year-old Melvin Murphy, of Oakland.
He said that at about 10:15 p.m., Tuesday patrol officers responded to the 9300 block of Bancroft Avenue to investigate reports of a man down on the street. An officer spotted a man, later identified as Murphy, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds, Thomason said. Murphy was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Thomason said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Oakland Police Department’s homicide section at (510) 238-7230. Oakland police today also identified the victim of a Monday night
homicide downtown. A man was shot at about 9:20 p.m. Monday near a bus shelter in front of the T-Mobile store at 13th Street and Broadway. Thomason identified the victim as 27-year-old Craig Ainsworth, of Oakland. Police haven’t yet identified a third homicide victim, a man who was found shot to death in the 3400 block of Ettie Street in West Oakland at about 10:45 p.m. Monday.

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