PHOENIX - Police are looking for help from the public after a man was attacked and killed during his nightly walk in north Phoenix.
According to investigators, 78-year-old Milton Raffle left his home to go on his nightly walk for exercise in the area of 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Raffle was found unconscious and unresponsive from severe trauma in the park just after midnight.
"Why? What was the reasoning behind this," asks his son Beau. "If someone would have needed help he would have given it to them. If someone put a gun to him he would have given what they asked for and would have asked how he could help and what they were going through."
Late Wednesday, Milton's other son, Lee pleaded for information from the public while speaking to the media at Phoenix Police Headquarters.
"The reason I'm here is so this doesn't happen to another family," said Lee Raffle.
Police and fire crews responded to the scene after a citizen found him and went to the nearby fire station for help.
Raffle was transported to a local hospital, but he died from his injuries.
"We got to say goodbye," Beau said. "We got there and shortly after my mom arrived he passed."
Raffle was just shy of his 79th birthday. His son tells ABC15 that he retired from Arizona Public Service and was caring for his wife who is going through cancer treatment.
According to his sons, Milton would have celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife later this year.
Raffle leaves behind a wife, four sons and four grandchildren. All of his family live in the neighborhood within a five minute walk of each other.
"The only thing that mattered to him was family," said Beau. "He called his youngest grandson the reason he got up in the morning."
Investigators have very little information at this time. No suspect information has been released.
"These are the kinds of things that make me cry," said Phoenix Sergeant Tommy Thompson. "Those are the ones that make hard boiled cops cry."
The walking trail runs along a canal. In the morning joggers and bikers who use the trails daily expressed concern for their own safety upon hearing the news.
"The concerning thing is to know that it was random and he was killed for nothing," said one jogger.
"This is the kind of homicide that should shock the community," Sgt. Thompson said. "Here is an upstanding member of the community and for him to go out for a walk and get killed is just the kind of thing we can't tolerate in our community."
Thompson was unable to release a possible motive. Raffles' family said he did not have any money or even identification with him when he left for his walk last night.
Anyone who may have information concerning this incident or knows who the suspect/s might be, is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
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