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Fan is stabbed to death at Ludacris/Snoop concert -- No arrests yet in a slaying at a Southern California hip-hop fest, which also featured Lil Jon, Obie Trice, and Xzibit

Ludacris, Total Request Live | RHYME AND CRIME Ludacris was one of the concert's performers
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RHYME AND CRIME Ludacris was one of the concert's performers

Fans at P3, a hip-hop concert headlined by Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, may have been having such a good time that they did not notice that a man had been stabbed to death in a bathroom at the amphitheater. At around 7 p.m. during the show, held at the Hyundai Pavilion northwest of San Bernardino, Calif., Paul Molina Jr. was fatally stabbed in front of dozens of witnesses, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports, but as of Tuesday, no arrests had been made.

San Bernardino sheriff's department homicide division Sgt. Gerrit Tesselaar told the Press-Enterprise that Molina, a 29-year-old from Huntington Park, was attacked by a group. ''I don't think it was a gang thing,'' he said. ''It was about being disrespected. There was a verbal confrontation and the individuals thought the victim was disrespecting them.'' One man reportedly stabbed Molina several times in his upper body, then let him fall to the ground as the group left.

Tesselaar said there was a lot of drinking and drug use at the concert. All the concertgoers were frisked, but metal detectors were not used, Sgt. Tom Hornsby told the paper, whose concert reviewer wrote that he ''didn't notice any trouble or much activity by security.'' According to MTV News, a sheriff's department spokesperson said on Monday that there were some leads but that no one had been taken into custody.

The P3 show was sponsored by Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 and also featured Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Obie Trice, and Xzibit. ''All of us are very saddened that this incident occurred," Power 106 General Manager Val Maki told MTV News on Monday. ''We take the safety and security of our fans very seriously. We've never had an incident such as this at one of our events. Our hearts go out to the friends and loved ones who are affected.''

Originally posted Oct 07, 2003