- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A woman who was repeatedly stabbed by her adult son blames his drug use for the attack and his resulting death.

Victoria Mendez was stabbed by 29-year-old Hakeem Shawky as stopped her car to talk with him while she drove in her neighborhood on the Phoenix-Glendale border Sunday night.

Police said the son started slashing and stabbing his mother. The attack ended only after a resident who saw what was happening got a gun and fatally the son to get him to stop attacking his mother.

Mendez told KPHO-TV (https://goo.gl/TzYxRG ) that her son was high on drugs and ignored the man’s commands to stop.

She says the man saved her life and that she hopes her son is finally at peace.

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