A 44-year-old man stabbed to death at a 19th Street residence last week has been identified as Robert Eugene Blay, according to Merced police.
Police said they waited several days to release Blay's name to properly notify relatives outside of the area.
Detectives remain tight-lipped in the case to protect the integrity of their investigation, and few details have been made public.
Although police acknowledge they've spoken to a "person of interest," a motive hasn't been released and no suspects are in custody, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, Merced police spokesman.
Known by the nickname "Rebel," Blay died after being stabbed in the torso the afternoon of Sept. 6 at a 314 W. 19th St. rooming house.
Police responded to the scene after a report of a fight in progress shortly before 2:30 p.m. Blay was flown to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto and later pronounced dead.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the stabbing to call Detective John Fister at (209) 385-4755.
Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or email@example.com.