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Man charged with murder in Gainesville stabbing death
Eric Aurelio Reyes

GAINESVILLE — A Gainesville man has been charged in the stabbing death of a man during a fight Sunday night at an apartment complex off Tumbling Creek Road near the University of North Georgia campus.

Eric Aurelio Reyes, 25, is being held at the Hall County Jail on a malice murder charge, according to Gainesville police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook.

Arriving at the Preserve at Tumbling Creek Apartments about 11:47 p.m. Sunday, police found Evan Isaac Rosas, 22, of Gainesville, outside.

“He was unconscious and unresponsive,” Holbrook said.

Rosas had been stabbed in the chest and side, according to the arrest warrant. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died from injuries, Holbrook said.

Reyes was arrested at the complex without incident, Holbrook said.

“This was not a random crime,” he said. “The parties are known to each other.”

Several people were in the apartment where the fight took place before it later moved outside, he said.

Holbrook said he believed Reyes lived at the apartments and Rosas did not. He didn’t know what the fight was about. Further charges “may be forthcoming.”

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” Holbrook said.

The police department is investigating the incident with the Hall County District Attorney’s Office.