ASHLAND, Ore. -- A 23-year-old man killed while walking on a popular bike path worked at a local grocery story, lived for music, enjoyed reading science fiction, and was generous and thoughtful, friends and family members said.
David Grubbs was found dead Saturday on the Central Ashland Bike Path at a spot where it passes a park and an elementary school.
He suffered cuts to his head and neck from a large sharp object and died about 30 minutes before he was found. Police do not think Grubbs knew his attacker.
Authorities have increased patrols in the area and school officials have issued warnings to the community to be on guard after the attack.
"If there is any truth behind what they say about only the good dying young, then David was one of them," friend and co-worker Andrea Venenable told The Ashland Daily Tidings (http://bit.ly/rSeLGz ) while kneeling at the blood-stained spot where Grubbs was killed.
Sarah Grubb of Portland told the newspaper in a story Tuesday that her brother loved to read, especially mythology and science fiction, and also enjoyed writing. He was witty, generous, thoughtful and kind -- once giving all his money to a homeless family at Christmas.
Grubb grew up in Ashland, where his father is a city building official, and worked for several years at a grocery store. He played bass in the Ashland High School orchestra and Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon.
Best friend Garrison Mau said Grubb "lived and breathed music," and taught him to play the bass.
"Everybody's destroyed," he said. "There was nobody who didn't like David."
Susan Berry said she regularly rides bikes with her young daughter on the path, and people need to be on their guard.
"It's just really scary," said Berry, whose home is a few hundred feet from the site where the stabbing took place. "People aren't on guard here. They all think they are safe."
Police Sgt. Tighe O'Meara said patrols would be increased along the path to further the investigation and prevent other attacks.
School Superintendent Juli Di Chiro sent out an email advising parents to have students at three nearby schools walk together in groups, younger children with older ones.
"Police are calling this a random act of violence," she said. "He was just a kid walking home from work."
The last time anyone was murdered in Ashland was in 2004. Police said those victims both knew their attackers.