Drunken spat leads to stabbing death 

Two men thought to be homeless were fighting about a woman while drinking in Buena Vista Park when one stabbed the other to death, according to police, leaving neighbors concerned about violence.

Thirty-year-old Michael Little, who police said is part of a homeless community, apparently had an argument with the victim, who was described as a white man in his 30s, and stabbed him, according to Officer Albie Esparza.

The argument appears to have been about a woman, according to homicide Lt. Mike Stasko. The two men had been drinking at the top of the park, which is nestled between the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods.

Other people apparently carried the victim down to the street after the stabbing. It was not immediately known if those people also were drinking with the two men or were just at the park at that time, Esparza said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified, was stabbed in his chest and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Esparza.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes Buena Vista Park, said the park has consistent issues with homelessness and social activity in off hours, but Tuesday’s incident highlights the need for further enforcement in all city parks.

“This is a very unusual incident, but nonetheless it is very troubling,” Mirkarimi said. “Everyone should always be a little on their toes in any place, but these two people had an altercation.”

Kent Uyehara, merchant chair for the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association, said his concern is about the increase in homeless-on-homeless violence.

“It seems like the violence is skyrocketing,” Uyehara said. “I’m hoping it’s not a trend.”

Staff Writer Mike Aldax contributed to this report.?

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