Family asks for help to identify suspect in stabbing that left 84-year-old dead outside Chandler gym

Posted at 1:40 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 02:03:57-04

The family of an 84-year-old man found stabbed to death outside a Chandler gym are asking for the public's help to find his killer.

Chandler police were called out to the health club just before 11 AM on the morning of August 18th, when some guys on their way to the gym saw a car that appeared to be parked awkwardly.  When they looked in, they found a man slumped over in the vehicle, and called 911.

Police say 84-year old Hosakote Shivaswamy had been stabbed multiple times, and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"With heavy hearts, the family members and friends are here today to tell you what a great person and human being Shivaswamy was.  They are here to ask for the public's assistance with any information that will assist our investigations and find the person or persons responsible for his death," said Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a spokesman for the Chandler Police Department.

Krishna described his friend Shivaswamy kind and gentle soul who was always there for his friends.

"He was always willing to help us and because of his age, he would give us very sage advice," said Krishnan.

Shivaswamy was a retired engineer, who took good care of his health.  Neighbors described him as an avid walker and would frequently see him around the neighborhood.  He started going to LA Fitness more, because of the heat.  Police said Shivaswamy was a regular at the health club.

Last Thursday morning, an effort to stay fit and live long, tragically cut short.  Chandler police had been interviewing witnesses, employees, and those at surrounding businesses in the strip mall.  They had been asking anyone in the area for surveillance video, and putting up flyers advertising at $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case.

"This loss has devastated us.  Especially his wife of 50 years.  We think of him every morning and think of what his last moments were like," said Krishnan.

I hope he didn't suffer too long at the end, but we don't know.  We will find out," he added.

Police were staying tight lipped about the information they had, and said they had not established a motive for the crime yet.  

"I know there is concern from our community out there.  This is a very tragic incident.  We pride ourselves on being a safe city in Chandler, so when something like this happens it affects everybody," said Sgt. Mejia.

Friends said Shivaswamy would be remembered for his infectious laughter and kind spirit.

If you have any information that will help police solve this crime we urge you to call Chandler Police at (480) 782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a $1,000 reward for helping solve this crime.