80-Year-Old Grandfather Dies After He Was Beaten and Robbed in Grocery Store Bathroom, Family Says
An 80-year-old grandfather died a month after he was beaten and robbed inside a grocery store bathroom, according to his family.
Roberto Flores Lopez's relatives said the patriarch passed away on Wednesday morning as a "result of severe injuries" he sustained on July 8 in a violent attack at a Superior market in Lancaster, California, KTLA reported.
He is survived by his wife, three children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Lopez's fourth child, a son, died on Tuesday from the novel coronavirus, according to relatives.
"My dad didn't deserve this. My dad was a good man doing what everybody does every day," Lopez's daughter, Cecilia Ramirez, said in a news conference. "My dad was a giving, kind-hearted man and would never hurt anybody."
Lopez suffered multiple injuries in the attack, including five broken ribs, a broken eye socket and facial fractures, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for his medical bills. He was hospitalized for two weeks before his release in late July, the page said.
The suspect, 22-year-old Damaris Wade, was arrested along with 33-year-old Tamika White, on July 11, according to Lancaster police.
Wade was charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, elder abuse with infliction of injury and one count of second-degree robbery after allegedly beating Lopez and taking his wallet at a supermarket restroom, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on July 15.
Wade has a prior robbery conviction from 2016, according to prosecutors. If convicted as charged, he potentially faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
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White was initially charged with one felony count of accessory after the crime. However, according to online records, the charge has since been dropped.
A spokesperson for Lopez's family said on Wednesday that they are seeking upgraded charges, KTLA reported.
“We condemn this violence,” Miguel S. Coronado said. "This will not be tolerated. We’re angry. We’re hurt. We’re upset. And we’re calling on anybody that is doing this against our people, or any people for that matter, that you will be caught. And you’ll be prosecuted. And we will support the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to make sure that you are brought to justice, if you are hurting any human being and you leave them for dead."
A representative for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office tells PEOPLE the case has not been amended yet.
Legal representation for Wade could not immediately be identified.