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Police ask public for help in 2003 fatal stabbing

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On the eighth anniversary of his death, San Diego police Wednesday sought the public's help in solving the 2003 stabbing death of a young man who was attacked leaving a girl's 15th birthday party.

Salvador Mercado, 25, of Chula Vista was found stabbed in the street in the 800 block of Harris Avenue on Nov. 16, 2003, shortly after midnight, according to San Diego police.

Friends took Mercado to Sharp Chula Vista Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Mercado was stabbed at or near Harris and Elm avenues, police said.

Police had been to the party about 40 minutes earlier on a report of gunfire, but the party host told police the noise was firecrackers, according to police. Officers saw that the party -- a Quinceanera, a traditional coming out party in Mexico -- was breaking up and they left, only to learn about Mercado's death about 12:45 a.m., police said.

Anyone with more information about the killing was urged to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tips leading to an arrest could be worth up to $1,000.

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