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Road rage possibly behind deadly Walmart stabbing

A man was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of a Temecula Walmart today, possibly in a dispute over a parking space, though the circumstances were unclear.
“People are telling us it was a parking dispute; others are saying it was road rage. Our investigators are trying to find out what happened,” Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez told City News Service.
The attack happened about 12:15 p.m. on the east side of the Walmart at 32225 Temecula Parkway.
According to Vasquez, the victim, who was later identified as Kevin Rodriguez, 19, was stabbed at least once and collapsed. Rodriguez was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The act was allegedly witnessed by Rodriguez’ girlfriend, who said it was prompted by road rage. “He liked to cliff jump,” said Rodriguez’ mother, Traci, “and jump off bridges and stuff and see how many flips he could do before he hits the water. I was always afraid, told him you’re going to get hurt. but I never thought he would get hurt this way. This was a senseless act.”
Vasquez said the alleged perpetrator, identified only as an adult male, was detained without incident, along with several other people who were with him.
The Walmart remained open for business, although investigators cordoned off a section of the parking area to collect and process evidence.
“We’re speaking to witnesses inside and outside the store and looking at security camera tape as part of the investigation,” Vasquez said.

KESQ News Team


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