Suspect who stabbed and killed man at Queens baby christening facing life in prison

FILE PHOTO: A guard stands behind bars

NEW YORK, NY – A man who stabbed a family member at a baby’s christening has been found guilty by a jury in Queens this week.

According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Antonio Martinez stabbed a guest to death at a 2019 celebration of a baby’s christening in Corona. 

Martinez argued with the victim before repeatedly stabbing him in the chest, police said in a report after their investigation.

District Attorney Katz said: “From celebrating a life, to mourning a death, this violent attack was as senseless as it was brutal. The defendant is being held to account and faces life in prison.”

Martinez was convicted of second degree murder and is now facing 25 years in prison.

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According to court records, “Shortly before 12:30 a.m. on September 29, 2019, Martinez approached 22-year-old Roque Alvarez-Montes outside of a baby christening party held in the vicinity of 98th Street and 37th Avenue in Corona, Queens. Martinez argued with the victim just before plunging a knife into the man’s chest.”