ALEXANDRIA, VA. (WUSA9) - A Virginia father is dead, whoever killed him is on the run.
The Fairfax County Police Department said Luis Bonilla, who loved ones said was 24-years-old, was stabbed and left to die in Alexandria.
“I just want him to know that I love him very much,” Elmer Bonilla, the victim’s brother said. “Always will. He’ll always live in my heart.”
Family members fought to hold back tears after learning Luis Bonilla was found dead around 11:15 p.m. on Friday.
“I feel like my soul, my heart has just been ripped out of me,” Elmer Bonilla explained.
Police said they found the father of two in a wooded area off of Fairchild Drive.
Bonilla had serious injuries to his upper body.
First responders tried their best to save him, but Bonilla did not survive.
“For him to be just brutally stabbed to death right down the street from his mother’s house — it’s scary,” Elmer Bonilla told WUSA9.
It was unclear how long Bonilla’s body was lying near the Alexandria apartment complex.
Investigators used dogs and helicopters to search the area but came up empty handed.
Family members told WUSA9 one of the last places Bonilla was seen was at a 7-Elevin with a group of people which is lest that a quarter-mile away from where his body was found.
Employees at the store said they did not notice anything out of the ordinary on Friday night.
Loved ones said Bonilla was struggling to find a job and a permanent place to live.
The victim’s brothers said he was a good father and the type of person it was hard not to like.
“There might have been people who may have disliked him but no one that I would say was out to get him,” Melvin Bonilla said.
Family members begged for witnesses to come forward with information that might lead to an arrest.
“I want them catched. I want them paying the price for this. I want them in jail,” Elmer Bonilla said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Needels at 703-246-7904. You may also contact Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.
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