A Farmington family is coming to grips with the death of their 28-year-old son, who was stabbed to death just days before finishing a bicycle trip down the East Coast, family members said.
Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, was at a McDonald's restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Vero Beach, Florida, when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Police said he had stopped to buy food and charge his phone.
Authorities have identified his suspected attacker as 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz, a homeless man who had recently arrived in Vero Beach from Miami, according to the arrest affidavit.
Cruz told police he was in the parking lot when a motorcycle pulled up near him. According to the affidavit, "Cruz had felt as if people kept watching him" so he walked away and took a filet knife from his backpack.
He told police Adorno was sitting in the restaurant looking at him. When Adorno went outside to use his cellphone, Cruz thought Adorno was taking pictures of him and "directing people to go after him," according to the affidavit.
As Adorno approached, Cruz pulled out the knife and slashed him, the affidavit says.
Authorities found Adorno lying on the floor near the restaurant bathrooms. Police said he'd been stabbed several times in the chest and arm and collapsed inside McDonald's while witnesses applied pressure to his wounds.
Adorno was pronounced dead a short time later at Indian River Medical Center, according to police.
According to the affidavit, Cruz had tossed the murder weapon into the bushes while running from McDonald's and threw his shirt and a second knife into the trash at Burger King. Police took him into custody there.
Police said Cruz admitted to stabbing Adorno and said it wasn't their first encounter with him.
"We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him," said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.
Family members said Adorno biked from Maine to Maryland with his sister last summer. He was two days and 100 miles away from completing the second leg of his trip, from Maryland to Miami.
They said Adorno, an athlete and animal lover who owned a graphic design company, was planning to propose to his girlfriend and was on the phone with her when Cruz attacked.
Cruz has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
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