The 31-year-old man who was stabbed in a Portland Denny’s parking lot has died, according to authorities.

Anthony Best of Veazie died Friday morning of his injuries from being stabbed April 28 in the parking lot of the Denny’s restaurant at 1220 Brighton Ave.

Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said during a news conference after the stabbing that the violence might have been racially motivated.

During another news conference Friday, Malloch said police had found the vehicle in which the suspects fled and have identified the owner but would not release any other information about the search.

He said Best had two sons.

The incident took place around 1:15 a.m. on April 28, a short distance from PT’s Showclub, a strip club at 200 Riverside St., where police say a fight broke out between two groups of people.

The two groups were separated by staff at the club and left the business, then met up again in the Denny’s parking lot where the victim was stabbed, according to a news release issued by Portland police.

Police said the victim was accompanied by two men. Two women were with the suspects at the time of the confrontation.

The manager of Denny’s said the people involved in the stabbing were not customers, and that the restaurant has no outward-facing security cameras that could have captured the moments leading up to the stabbing.

Portland police are still looking for the two suspects. They are described as black males, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, both with short hair. The incident remains under investigation.

This story will be updated.

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