Trail on North County Lake dedicated to slain San Marcos man

SAN MARCOS, California – A North County congregation came together this week to honor a 20-year-old Armenian man who was stabbed to death while walking his dog last year.

San Marcos’ husband Aris Keshishian appears with his dog in an undated photo. (Photo provided by Keshishian family)

Aris Keshishian’s family is dedicated to keeping their son’s memory alive and sharing his story. They were present Thursday with friends and elected officials to inaugurate the “Gratitude Trail,” the new name of the Discovery Lake perimeter — near where Keshishian lives in the Stone Canyon neighborhood — in his honor.

Keshishian’s honor was approved 4-1 by the San Marcos City Council in December.

“Our community really needs to move forward,” San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones said on the night of the vote. “I truly believe this will bring a healing element to our youth in San Marcos. In fact, many people were touched by it. I think a lot of our community is mourning that and talking to his family, they’ve walked Discovery Lake and the trail many times.”

Keshishian was found mortally wounded in a home on the 1100 block of Via Vera Cruz on Aug. 15, 2021, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said. MPs say he was stabbed more than 45 times while returning home from the walk and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The suspect, Kellon Talib Razdan, was arrested a day later and charged with first-degree murder, prison records show. He is currently being held at George Bailey Detention Center awaiting his next court date, which is scheduled for May 25.

Investigators have not disclosed what they believe to be Razdan’s motive in the killing, although Keshishian’s sister Adrineh Keshishian told FOX 5 that the two knew each other as former classmates.

“No one believes it,” she said. “Everyone is wondering what the motive would be and how something like this could happen. My answer to that is that unfortunately in this life it is the innocent who suffer. There will never be understanding, but the grace of God lets us through.”

Those in attendance wore red T-shirts that said “grateful” on Thursday. They then walked the path Keshishian walked before he was killed in his neighborhood.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/trail-at-north-county-lake-dedicated-to-slain-san-marcos-man/ Trail on North County Lake dedicated to slain San Marcos man

Sarah Y. Kim

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