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Manhunt On After Lottery Winner, 73, Is Found Stabbed To Death In The Bronx

June 12, 2018 - 6:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/CBS News) -- A manhunt was under way Tuesday evening in a stabbing that left a 73-year-old man dead in the Bronx.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, people were standing around in shock on Beekman Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx Tuesday evening after Owen Dillard, who was known to be a pillar of sorts in the community, was found stabbed to death.

CBS New York reported police said Dillard’s body was found around 8:30 p.m. Monday by his fiancée, who called 911.

Officers found Dillard unconscious with multiple stab wounds to his neck, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. There were no signs of a break-in or a struggle, police said.

Investigators Tuesday night were trying to determine whether a winning lottery ticket might have had something to do with the attack, police said.

Dillard, according to family members, had just won $50,000 playing the lottery. They also said he was terminally ill and had just months to live.

A neighbor of Dillard’s told Rosenberg he was helping his fiancée raise her two children, and said he was a beautiful person.

“He was a beautiful person, beautiful person. He’d give you anything you wanted – beautiful person,” said the neighbor, who declined to give his name. “Whoever did this got to pay for this, you know? They don’t deserve this.”

The man said he has lived in the same building as Dillard for 34 years.

The search for an assailant continued Tuesday evening.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. CBS News contributed to this report.)