A 23-year-old clubgoer was fatally stabbed Thursday night during a show in the downtown Santa Ana venue Underground DTSA.
The victim has been identified as Nathan Joe Alfaro, 23, of Westminster. The suspect, who fled the scene, is still at large, according to reports. Santa Ana police described him as a male, Hispanic, in his 20s, 5-foot-6 and wearing a black shirt, according to OC Weekly.
An altercation broke out during the second of five bands scheduled to play the night, which was being staged by O.C. promoters Top Acid at the one-year-old venue at 220 E. 3rd St. Laena Geronimo, frontwoman of the L.A. quartet Feels, said in a post on the band’s Facebook page that it was started by one particularly violent mosher, and the victim was a fan who tried to intervene.
“The psycho dude had crazy eyes and was slamming into everyone in the room, even on the edges, almost knocked over the entire DJ set up,” she wrote, “but who could’ve known he had a knife. We watched as the fight broke out, crashing onto the stage knocking mics over while the second band played, saw fists flying and more and more people dog piling on to try to break it up but still had no idea. … Then there was blood on the floor, cops and paramedics, the whole show was shut down of course, but still when we left we were under the impression that he was stabbed in the shoulder and was going to be fine.
“Waking up this morning and finding out that he died in the hospital. … There are no words. We are sending all of our love to the spirit of that kid, his friends and family. We seriously hope that the murderer is captured and prosecuted to the fullest.”