TWENTYNINE PALMS — Two Marines were arrested on suspicion of murder Friday in the stabbing deaths of two Fullerton brothers outside a bar in this desert community, authorities said.
The San Bernardino County coroner's office identified the victims as Leroy A. Ortiz, 27, and James S. Ortiz, 28.
Their uncle, Frank Madrid, 41, of Anaheim was in serious condition with stab wounds at Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, nursing supervisor Sherry Roden said .
The three men, who had been working locally on a three-month construction job, had left the Virginian bar on Cholla Street about 2:30 a.m. when they encountered two other men leaving the Jumping Cholla bar across the street.
"An argument started which led to a fight," said San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Dave Albright. "The suspects armed themselves and the victims were stabbed."