NORCROSS - A 33-year-old stabbing victim tried to chase down her attacker Monday before collapsing at her apartment complex, according to an incident report released Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Police Department.
A security guard at Saddle Brook Apartments off Singleton Road in Norcross witnessed part of the altercation. He told police a Hispanic woman, later identified as Elida Erma Moreno, and a Hispanic man dressed in all black clothing were talking near the leasing office shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. The guard had just walked away to start patrolling the complex when he heard a woman scream, the report said.
He turned to see the Hispanic man running from the leasing office toward the mailboxes with the woman chasing after him. The security guard ran toward the pair and saw Moreno collapse in the street.
The guard noticed she was bleeding from stab wounds, so he stopped to assist her. Moreno reportedly told the security guard "she knew who stabbed her and she knew where he lived," but she never provided a name or address for the man.
Moreno was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where her mother and boyfriend soon joined her. She died from her injuries a short time later, the report said.
The security guard could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Moreno's boyfriend of seven months, 35-year-old Fernando Tamyo, said he arrived home from work on Sunday to find his wounded girlfriend surrounded by police in the parking lot. He said he knew of no one who would want to harm her.
"I want to know who killed her, because too many people the police said too many witnesses," Tamyo said in broken English. "I don't know what happened to me. I am very sad because I loved 'Lila.' She love me and I love her."
Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department said Tuesday "the information does indicate that this was not a random act of violence." There are no suspects, but investigators are following leads, Moloney said.
Tamyo said Moreno, whom he affectionately calls "Lila," had a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son who live nearby with their grandmother. Lila was living with her sister at Saddle Brook Apartments. She frequently spent the night at his home in the same complex, Tamyo said.
"I don't want to live no more there," Tamyo said. "One day before, she live with me and I take her home in the morning and she make my breakfast. I left the house and she is killed. I still smell her."
Tamyo said a memorial service for Moreno was being held Tuesday evening somewhere in Lawrenceville, but he did not know the exact location.