NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say that a 57-year-old man was stabbed to death on a Newark street Saturday morning.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports Larry Alston is the fifth murder victim in five days in the state’s largest city. The rash of violence comes after more than two weeks without a murder.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says that Alston was attacked on Lehigh Avenue, a block away from where a 26-year-old man was killed Friday morning.

Spokeswoman Kathy Carter says that Alston got into a confrontation around 1 a.m. Saturday with one or more suspects. He was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m.

Jose Flaco Rivas, 26, arrived around 7 a.m. Friday to open up Yesi Supermarket at 325 Osborne Terrace when a car pulled up and several men in the vehicle got out and grabbed him, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

A good Samaritan discovered Rivas half a mile away in front of a house on Hunterdon Street, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported.

Rivas was lying in the street and bleeding from a gunshot wound, Jones reported.

“I told him ‘calm down, they’re coming,’” the good Samaritan said. “Next thing you know the police came, the ambulance came, they cut his clothes off, and put him in the ambulance and took him to the hospital.”

Rivas was taken to University Hospital in Newark, but was pronounced dead in the ambulance, officials said.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, flowers, candles and messages stood Friday night at the foot of a roll-up gate where Rivas was kidnapped.

“How come all the good people always die and the dirty, rotten people keep on living?” the victim’s friend Barbara Hedgespeth said.

“He was just there for everybody,” said Dina Blackwell of Newark. “I don’t understand — this is a senseless killing.”

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