Man stabbed at soccer tournament

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An afternoon fight between soccer game spectators ended with a stabbing. The victim was flown to the hospital.

The victim's wife says she saw the entire thing, and the man who stabbed her husband is a teenager, someone the family knows.

According to West Valley Police, a fight broke out between spectators at a soccer tournament near 3200 West and 3200 South just before 1:00 Saturday afternoon. Several people were involved, but only one, 33-year-old Ruben Cordova Florez, was injured.

His wife, Guadalupe Cuenca, says he was attacked from behind by the suspect. When he pushed him away, the teen pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the chest. "It was another Saturday for us to play, and they did this to my husband. Hopefully they do something to give him justice for what he did to my husband. Imagine if he would have been killed," she said.

The suspect took off, but police arrested the teen a short time later. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder and evidence tampering. His name has not been released because he is a minor.


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