Witness speaks about Aurora stabbing that led police to fire at suspect

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DENVER -- A family identified the women who was stabbed to death in Aurora on Saturday night as 28-year-old Mireya Ramirez.

Ramirez was one of two women stabbed by a suspect who was then shot and killed by police after the attack before 8 p.m. near East Seventh Avenue and Kenton Street.

Neighbors who witnessed the attack say they’ve never seen something so brutal.

It started inside a home and ended in the middle of the street with the suspect on top of Ramirez, witnesses said.

“The young lady was laying and the man was ... kicking her and smashing her," said Terry, a neighbor who looked out her window and saw the man attacking Ramirez on her front lawn. “I've never seen someone be stabbed like that so brutally.  And be hit and kicked."

Witnesses said neighbors tried to distract the man to give Ramirez enough time to get up and run away.  They said the man threatened neighbors, then turned his attention back to Ramirez.

“He had a knife and he was waving it everywhere and he basically literally ran from that house, tackled her in the street and started beating on her again and stabbing her," Terry said.

Aurora police officers arrived within minutes of receiving several 911 calls.

“He was on top of her when the cops arrived and the officer told him, put your weapon down,” Terry said.

The suspect wouldn’t put down the knife, according to witnesses.  Aurora police said the suspect was shot and killed.

“They had to drag him off of the young gal,” Terry said.

The other woman stabbed in the attack is recovering from her injuries. Ramirez’s family is asking for prayers for Ramirez and her young family.

Police have not identified the suspect.  The officer involved is also not being named; he is on routine paid administrative leave.

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