Authorities on the lookout for Merced County murder suspect

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Nineteen-year-old Eric Cruz is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Sergio Avelar to death at the Applegate Inn last Saturday. (KFSN)

Atwater police have now identified a wanted murder suspect as 19-year-old Eric Cruz.

They say he is a gang member who should be considered armed and dangerous. Cruz is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Sergio Avelar to death at the Applegate Inn last Saturday.

The attack was the first homicide of the year in Merced County.
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