First picture of grandmother stabbed to death with dog in random park attack

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A grandmother who was stabbed to death in a park has been pictured for the first time.

Jeanne Edgar, 66, was killed along with her dog Sashi during an attack in San Dimas, California, on Thursday afternoon.

Ricardo Saldivar, 23, has been arrested and charged with her murder. He was taken to hospital after passerby Joe Page saw the alleged attack and threw a rock at his head.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Jeanne lying on the street suffering multiple stab wounds next to the body of her dog. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Page said he tried to hit the suspect as hard as he could with the rock but is sad he could not save the tragic grandmother.

He told NBC Los Angeles: "I threw it as hard as I could and it hit him and he fell over. And at that point, I see a bunch of neighbours everywhere – people yelling.

"So many things were going through my mind. I just wish I would have hit him with my truck.

"I wish she was still alive. I believe she's in heaven now. We all tried to help."

The suspect was coming around as the officers arrived on the scene according to Mr Page.

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Salvidar was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment for a head injury. He was later booked into jail on a murder and attempted murder charge and was held on a $2 million bail.

He is due to appear in court for his arraignment on Tuesday. Police are still looking for a motive, it is believed.

It is claimed Mr Page was attacked first, but he managed to get away back to his car before the knife was turned on Jeanne.

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Her best friend paid tribute to the pensioner as local residents set up a memorial site with candles and flowers close to where she was killed.

Linda Sanders told ABC7: "Jeanne was a beautiful and big-hearted person and she didn't deserve this.

"I've known her for so long and she's one of my best friends in the whole world. All are shocked because…I just found out."

Linda said her pal loved her dog Sashi like her "little baby girl" and would walk the pooch around local parks every day.

Mr Page's father-in-law thinks the bystander had a lucky escape.

"From what I gathered from my son-in-law, Joe, he actually came after him, first with the knife," Tony Page said.

A local resident added that the attack had rocked the neighbourhood.

Drew Ashley said: "What everyone takes for granted is thinking you have safety no matter where you go. Sometimes you gotta watch your surroundings, have some situational awareness."

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