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Actor from Memphis stabbed to death in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are looking for a suspect and motive in the stabbing death of a young stage actor appearing in his second Los Angeles production.

Darius Ever Truly, a Memphis, Tenn., native who moved to California last year, was killed early Saturday after a party in Palms, Los Angeles police said.

Truly, 26, had been scheduled to appear that night in the role of Black Panther Bobby Seale in "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial."

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble was so concerned about his uncharacteristic absence that the stage manager checked for him at local hospitals.

"I guess nobody thought of calling the morgue," said Frank Condon, the play's co-writer and director.

Truly and his 30-year-old female cousin were stabbed as they left a large party, detective Joe Lumbreras said.

She escaped with slight wounds but Truly was found in the street by other partygoers and died at the scene, police said.

"This is a high-priority case, a tragic loss of life," Deputy Chief Ken Garner said. "We are working on whether the killer is a stranger or someone he or someone else at the party knew."

Truly grew up in Memphis and studied theater at Clark Atlanta University, his family said.

He acted professionally in Atlanta, earning a good review for his portrayal of the death of a stabbing victim, before moving to Los Angeles and getting favorable notices for his role as Seale and work in another production.

"He had little experience, but he had power and drive and enthusiasm," Condon said.

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