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Authorities identify 2 victims of Atlantic City stabbing

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Authorities have released the names of the victims in a double stabbing in Atlantic City that left a city woman dead and a Pennsylvania man injured.

Atlantic County prosecutors say they were found shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when police responded to a 911 call at a North Harrisburg Avenue home. They say 54-year-old Bessy Blanco was pronounced dead at the scene, while 52-year-old Mark Richart, of Quakertown, was found on a nearby roadway.

Richart was hospitalized after the attack, but it wasn't clear what his status was Tuesday.

Prosecutors announced Monday that Jose Lopez has been charged with murder, attempted murder and a weapons count. The 51-year-old Ventnor man was arrested Sunday morning after a Galloway Township police officer spotted him driving a vehicle that belongs to Richart.

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