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Neighbor who tried to save stabbing victim says woman claimed victim beat her

Andira Abdelaziz arrested in stabbing of nephew

SAN ANTONIO – A neighbor who tried to help save a stabbing victim said his accused attacker claimed she had been beaten by him.

Bridgett Gatewood said she and others tried unsuccessfully to save Mohammed Abdelaziz, 25, Tuesday morning in the driveway of a home in the 12500 block of Dry Run. Gatewood said that when she checked on the victim's 35-year-old aunt, Andira Abdelaziz, the woman said that her nephew had beat her.

"She said, 'Is he alive? Cuz if not, he's going to beat me,'" Gatewood said.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith said Andira and Mohammed had been involved in an argument earlier that morning, which resulted in a visit from a Bexar County sheriff's deputy. Keith said the deputy believes there had been physical contact involved, but neither the aunt or nephew cooperated or wanted to press charges.

Within minutes of leaving, the deputy was back at the scene, where Mohammed Abdelaziz lay dying in the driveway, Keith said. A news release said that after the deputy left, the two had gone back into the home, and that's when Andira stabbed Mohammed.

The victim made it outside to a car, but instead of driving away, Mohammed crashed into the house. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Andira faces a first-degree murder charge.

Gatewood said after hearing the crash, she ran downstairs and tried to help give Mohammed CPR, but it was too late.

"I thought he was unconscious, actually, because he hit the house," she said. "I didn't know he was stabbed until a little bit later when he was like, 'She stabbed him.' I said, 'She stabbed him?'"

Gatewood said they turned Mohammed over and saw his back was bloody. She said she also went over to check on Andira, who was handcuffed at the time. She said that's when Andira claimed Mohammed had beat her.

While the Sheriff's Office suspects there was physical contact during the first disturbance, Keith said there's no indication Mohammed was beating Andira prior to the stabbing. Investigators are looking into whether there was a history of abuse.


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