Kevin Adorno, a 28-year-old graphic designer traveling by bicycle from Maryland to Miami, was violently stabbed to death by a homeless man outside a McDonald's in Florida while he was on the phone with his girlfriend, authorities said. A Sep. 4 report from NBC Connecticut revealed that Adorno of Unionville, Connecticut, staggered to the restaurant after the attack, according to several witnesses.
Adorno was nearing the end of a "bucket list" bicycle trip in which he planned propose to his girlfriend when he arrived in Miami, CBS News reports. Adorno's girlfriend told investigators she did not hear any sound from the confrontation but heard the fall of the phone, then silence and later the sound of sirens in the background.
Restaurant customers told police that the attacker crossed the street to a nearby Burger King. Authorities found the killer there and identified him as 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz, a homeless man who had recently arrived in Vero Beach from Miami, according to the arrest affidavit. He is charged with first-degree murder and it is unknown if the man has a lawyer.
Cruz told police he thought Adorno gave instructions over the phone for someone to attack him. According to the affidavit, "Cruz had felt as if people kept watching him" so he moved to a different area and took a filet knife from his backpack. He also said he believed someone inside the McDonald's used a laptop to order an attack on him.
David Currey, police chief, said Cruz called 911 from a point near the McDonald's on Sunday night saying he was afraid that someone was trying to hurt him.
After the brutal stabbing, Adorno stumbled into the restaurant and someone started to administer first aid while another called emergency services. Although Adorno was rushed to a hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.
Although Kevin Adorno's murder is still being investigated, police learned that the trip was included in a list of what Adorno would like to do before he died. Cops found the engagement ring in his travel bag. The victim started his journey in Maryland in August.