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Title: Praying COVID-19 patient, 82, is bludgeoned to death at Lancaster hospital
Source: LA Times
URL Source: ... death-antelope-valley-hospital
Published: Dec 25, 2020
Author: Lila Seidman
Post Date: 2020-12-25 16:29:41 by Dakmar
Keywords: None
Views: 53
Comments: 1

A COVID-19 patient beat a fellow patient to death with an oxygen tank last week at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, authorities said.

The victim, an 82-year-old Latino man, was being treated for a COVID-19 infection in a two-person room with suspect Jesse Martinez, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Martinez, 37, reportedly became upset when the victim, a Catholic, started to pray. He then struck his octogenarian roommate with an oxygen tank just before 10 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The victim died the following morning from his injuries. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the two men did not know each other. Advertisement

Martinez was arrested at the scene after hospital staff detained him, according to Lt. Brandon Dean, a spokesman with the Sheriff’s Department. Martinez was charged with murder, with an enhancement for elder abuse and religion-motivated hate crime. His bail is set at $1 million and he’s due to appear in court Monday.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement that he was “shocked and saddened” by the news.

“These families were already experiencing a hardship and now this — it’s senseless,” he said.

Poster Comment:

Martinez? Let me guess, Danish?

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#1. To: Dakmar (#0)

No Jewish.

Darkwing  posted on  2020-12-26   8:43:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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