Officers respond to a trouble unknown call in the vicinity of 3200 Ivy Birch Way in Buford on April 3, 2024, and locate a deceased male inside a home. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department.

The Gwinnett County Police Department has released additional information on the Ivy Birch Way homicide that took place on Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a call where the caller reported hearing sounds of someone grunting and other loud noises in the vicinity of 3200 Ivy Birch Way in Buford.

Officers located a home with the lights on and got Erik Luiz Lopez, 19 to open the door. Officers located a deceased male inside the home.

After an investigation, detectives believe that Luiz Lopez got into a fight with another man who shared a bedroom with him inside the home. According to police, Luiz Lopez choked his roommate with a television cable and left the room to find a knife. He returned to the bedroom and stabbed the victim several times killing him.

Luiz Lopez has been arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife or firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond.

Police are still not releasing the identity of the victim at this time.

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