The Southern New Jersey community was shocked over the violent events that transpired over the weekend.

An altercation between Vicente Perez, 57, of Macon, Ga., and Arthur Prince, 61, of Toms River, NJ ended in tragedy. The two men were playing at the poker tables inside The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, last Saturday afternoon, when a fight broke out, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

The scuffle spilled outside to the valet parking area near Virginia Avenue, where Perez stabbed Prince.

A wound to the left cheek severed a carotid artery and caused Prince to bleed to death, said Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel on Monday.

Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park performed the autopsy and determined additional wounds were inflicted on the victim. Stab wounds to the mid-back, left lower abdomen, and the left upper abdomen were found, Housel said.

Prince was pronounced dead at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City. The weapon was recovered at the crime scene.

Perez was charged on Saturday night with aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

He was transferred to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing on $500,000 full cash bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. today before Superior Court Judge Albert Garfolo, Housel said.

Detective Joseph Rauch and Sgt. Michael Corrado under the Supervision of Lt. Bruce DeShields of the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit conducted the investigation along with Detective Kevin Burrows of the Atlantic City Police.

No information has been released for funeral or burial arrangements for the victim.

For further information or future updates please visit The Press of Atlantic City.

Tamika M. Murray blogs at PJ’s and A Movie and Stop and Stare Photos.

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