Man Stabbed to Death by in Church School Gym over Leftovers, Chafing Dish

This is a chafing dish.

The bloodshed left Juan Martinez, 58, the wife’s cousin, dead and his attacker, the husband’s nephew, Mike Garcia, 37, in handcuffs, sources said.

The two families had gathered inside the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, at 1960 University Ave., for the ceremony and went to the adjoining school’s gym for a reception when the fight broke out about 9 p.m. Sunday, sources said.

Investigators believed that Martinez and Garcia began arguing over who would take remainder of the food after the ceremony, a police spokesman said.

The fight escalated when one side accused the other of stealing the church’s chaffing dish, a source said.

The church ceremony erupted into a melee.

“Fists started to fly, then chairs and then the knife came out,” the source said.

Garcia stabbed Martinez in the leg, cutting his femoral artery, causing him bleed to death, sources said.

Man Killed in Fight Over Leftovers, Chafing Dish at Ceremony, Sources Say. DNAinfo New York, 6/2/2014.

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