A man walking with his girlfriend was stabbed to death early Friday morning following an argument with four men.

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A man walking with his girlfriend was stabbed to death early Friday morning following an argument with four men, according to Seattle police.

The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was with his girlfriend outside Tia Lou’s nightclub in the 2200 block of First Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. when he got into an argument with at least four men, according to Seattle police.

The couple tried to walk away to their car, which was a block away, but sometime during the confrontation, one of the group of four stabbed the man in the chest, and he fell to the ground.

Someone called 911 and medics arrived, but despite their efforts, the man died at the hospital.

The four men believed responsible for the killing got into a gray truck or SUV and took off north on First Avenue. Police searched unsuccessfully for the vehicle.

Detectives do not think the stabbing was a random act, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

The victim’s name was not released Friday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

There may be photos or video of what happened leading up to the stabbing, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Witnesses have told detectives that people watching the disturbance captured images of the scene on their cellphones or other recording devices. Police would like those witnesses to come forward with that evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-684-5550.

The homicide is the 25th in Seattle this year, five more than in all of 2011.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com On Twitter @SeattleSullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter Alexa Vaughn contributed to this report.