Suspect identified in Wednesday Buford murder

By AccessWDUN Staff
Posted 9:57AM on Thursday 4th April 2024 ( 1 month ago )

A Buford man was identified Thursday morning as the suspect in an early Wednesday morning homicide.

The Gwinnett County Police Department said Erik Ruiz Lopez, 19, was charged with aggravated assault, felony murder and malice murder. 

His arrest came after authorities found a man dead at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Ivy Birch Way in Buford.

Lopez was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail. The name of the victim has not been released, as authorities said they have not yet identified the man's next of kin.

Detectives determined Lopez and the victim shared a bedroom in the home. They got into a physical altercation in the shared bedroom, which resulted in Lopez allegedly choking the victim unconscious with a television cable. Lopez then left the room, returned with a knife and allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times.


Original story published Thursday at 5:10 a.m.:

Gwinnett County Police are searching for leads behind a fatal domestic dispute early Wednesday morning.

Investigators say officers responded to calls from a woman at a home on Ivy Birch Way in Buford at around 1:45 a.m. to allegedly find occupants hurt from an altercation. 

Further investigation led them to find an unidentified adult male dead inside the home. Cause for the death is not known at this time.

The Gwinnett Police press release says they are not seeking further suspects from outside the home.  No charges have been reported from police officials, as of last report.

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