A Farmington man on a bike trip from Maryland to Miami was stabbed to death in a Vero Beach McDonald's parking lot by a homeless man who is now in a mental ward.
Police said they found 28-year-old Kevin Adorno on the floor of the restaurant near the bathrooms, bleeding after being stabbed several times in the chest and arm at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
The alleged suspect, 59-year-old Rene Cruz, reportedly told police that he saw Adorno using his cell phone while walking out of the McDonald's and into the parking lot.
Cruz told police he thought Adorno was calling people to attack him, when in reality Adorno was on the phone with his girlfriend, who he was going to propose to when he got to Florida later this week.
On Tuesday night, Adorno's family was gathering at his mother's house as they grieved together to try and come to grips with the unimaginable loss. His friends said he will be remembered as kind, polite and generous.
"It's almost like losing one of my own. He was that nice of a kid," said Michael Davis of Farmington.
Before Adorno was killed, he had stopped at the McDonalds for a bite to eat and to charge his phone. He called his girlfriend from the parking lot when, out of the blue, he was stabbed multiple times and later died.
Police said Adorno was stabbed with a 12-inch filet knife.
Cruz fled the scene and was found at a nearby Burger King, where the knife was found in bushes.
Police said Cruz was undergoing a mental evaluation, and that Cruz had called them the night before claiming that people were coming after him.
"The guy reached out for help the night before. I'm sorry, we have to be more attentive to people in need to prevent something like this from happening," Davis added.
Cruz is being charged with first-degree murder and is in a mental ward.
Adorno worked as a graphic designer in Connecticut. He began his 1,100 mile trek on Aug. 12, and it was the second half of a full East Coast trek he started in Maine about one year ago.
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