Martin Jarquin Crimestoppers poster

Officials have named a man wanted on a count of second-degree murder in a deadly stabbing in the Freret neighborhood earlier this year. 

Martin Jose Jarquin Estrada is accused of killing fellow Nicaraguan national Elkin Corrales on Feb. 19 and remained at large Thursday. Crimestoppers released a poster displaying Jarquin's picture and announcing a $2,500 reward for tips leading to his arrest and indictment.

According to authorities, New Orleans police found a bloodied Corrales atop a mattress on the ground while investigating a report of a stabbing in the 4600 block of Clara Street. Corrales went to a hospital for treatment but died there.

Days after the stabbing, a man identified as Corrales' brother told a Nicaraguan news outlet that Jarquin killed Corrales during a fight that occurred while the two men were drinking. The brother told the station that Jarquin was upset that he had lost to Corrales during a scuffle to see who fought better.

Jarquin and Corrales hailed from the same town, and the suspected killer came to the United States with the help of his victim's family, the Nicaraguan news outlet La Prensa reported. 

When asked about the Nicaraguan media story, New Orleans police declined to confirm that Jarquin was suspected in Corrales' slaying.  

Corrales had lived in the United States for less than two years, made ends meet by painting, and had a 1-year-old son in Nicaragua, his brother said.

Anyone who knows where Jarquin is can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. 

Elkin Corrales

Elkin Corrales, via La Prensa


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