As the man she calls her special beloved husband lay unconscious on a respirator at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center Friday afternoon, Iomara Arenciba asked for help in finding the person who brutally attacked her husband.
Armando Hernandez, 76, was found badly beaten, tied up and clinging to life at the Opa-locka car repair shop he's owned for 30 years.
His family is now begging police for answers.
"They haven't told us anything except they have no leads or anything," said Hernandez's nephew, Jorge Hernandez.
Hernandez says his uncle left home around 7 a.m. Thursday to open up his shop at 290 Ali Baba Avenue.
That's when someone attacked him and beat him nearly beyond recognition for no apparent reason.
"It's hard. It's heart wrenching," Jorge Hernandez said.
He also said the family doesn't know if robbery was the motive for the attack.
"We don't know. We have no clue. We haven't been able to go in the business. They took our keys. The police put their own locks on the door," he said.
The family says Armando Hernandez was attacked at his garage several years ago, he was choked unconscious and his attacker was never prosecuted. But they say he has no enemies. He is regarded as a pillar in the community, with a love for everybody.
"If you needed money, if you needed your car fixed -- no matter what time -- you could always count on my uncle," Jorge Hernandez said. "He's known to help many, many many people. My uncle's a fighter. We just pray that he comes through with it."