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San Marcos police are investigating a fatal stabbing that claimed the life of a San Marcos man early this morning.

Jesse Cavazos, 40, died this morning at University Medical Center at Brackenridge after suffering multiple stab wounds on Thursday, Sept. 24 at a residence in the 100 block of Kingwood Street.

Officers were called to the residence at 1:19 a.m. on a report of a physical disturbance. A caller inside the residence advised dispatchers that two males were fighting in the living room and that the caller was locked inside a bedroom.

While officers were en route to the incident, the caller advised that the situation was escalating and weapons were involved.

The first officer on scene found Cavazos injured with multiple stab wounds. Cavazos was transported unconscious to UMC-Brackenridge. He remained unconscious through the weekend and passed away this morning.

Several persons at the residence were interviewed the night of the incident. One subject fled from the residence and was apprehended by patrol officers and K9. The subject, a 24-year-old male, was arrested on unrelated charges but has not yet been charged with Cavazos’ death. The investigation remains active. 

This homicide is the fourth to occur in San Marcos this year: 

Earl Edward Clark III was shot during a drug deal in January. His attacker, Cyrus Amaya, committed suicide in Lockhart when officers went to his residence to arrest him. 

In early June, Benjamin H. Chamness, Jr. shot his wife Joy Elam Chamness and then himself at Central Texas Medical Center. 

Also in June, Joel Anthony Espino was shot during a home invasion. The offenders sought out his residence for drugs and money. Six offenders were indicted in September and are awaiting trial. 

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2 thoughts on “San Marcos police investigate fatal stabbing

  1. So someone please explain why the victim was transported to Austin and the incident took place with 1 1/2 miles from CTMC? Although the victim did not survive this was a life or death situation and common sense should prevail to take the person to the nearest place for care.

  2. UMCB is a higher trauma level hospital. If the trauma exceeds what CTMC can handle then it is in the best interest of the patient to take a 30 min. ride north. Common sense would tell me to take a person to the place with the highest chance of survival. Just saying.

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