An elderly man from Washington, D.C., has died after succumbing to stab wounds he sustained during a walk on a river trail in Anacostia.
Since 75-year-old Leoncio Loza had been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, he made a point to follow his doctor’s recommendation and take frequent walks in Kenilworth Park.
But on March 21, he was stabbed in the afternoon. His family believes the attack was a robbery.
Last Friday, he died, unable to recover, The Washington Post reports.
Immediately after the stabbing, firefighters who arrived on the scene called in a helicopter, knowing the stabbing was severe enough to be life-threatening. At the time, he was in critical, albeit stable, condition.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner stated that Loza died because of injuries to the head and neck.
“If he wasn’t attacked, he would have lived for a long time,” his daughter, Elva Loza, told The Washington Post. “He was a very active man.”
Loza attended mass every single day for 10 years.
D.C. police have stated that the suspect is a black male about 5’10” with a medium build around 20 years of age. The suspect was wearing a green jacket and dark pants.
Several hours after Loza was stabbed, another elderly man was also attacked and “struck in the head and body.”
Loza immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 1981, in order to escape a civil war.
The motive for the stabbing is unclear.
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