WILMINGTON (CBS) — A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday morning in Wilmington, police said.

The fatal stabbing occurred around 5 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Anaheim Street, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers arriving at the scene found a man on the ground with multiple stab wounds, Joseph said. He was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Detectives believe the victim, identified as Rogelio Alvarado, was standing behind a building in the 800 block of Wilmington Avenue with friends when a suspect, or suspects, walked up to him and asked for a beverage.

“When Alvarado declined to provide a beverage, the suspects stabbed him,” Joseph said in a statement. “Alvarado ran to a courtyard … where he collapsed.”

Joseph said it was unknown if the stabbing was gang-related.

Police urged anyone with information regarding this stabbing to contact Harbor Area homicide detectives at (310) 726-7889 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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