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Mom blames son's drug use for attack on her, his subsequent death

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Victoria Mendez says she hadn't seen her son, Hakeem Shawky, in three moths because of his drug addiction. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Victoria Mendez says she hadn't seen her son, Hakeem Shawky, in three moths because of his drug addiction. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Hakeem Shawky (Source: Victoria Mendez) Hakeem Shawky (Source: Victoria Mendez)
Police continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a man police said stabbed a woman driving this car in Phoenix late Sunday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Police continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a man police said stabbed a woman driving this car in Phoenix late Sunday night. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Glendale woman is coping with the death of her 29-year-old son and the fact that he tried to kill her.

A neighbor she doesn't know ended up saving her life by fatally shooting him.

Victoria Mendez was released from a hospital Monday evening.

Still wearing her hospital gown, she said she was driving home from work around 10:30 Sunday night when she saw her estranged son standing near the corner of 50th Drive and Windrose, just down the street from her house on the northern Glendale-Phoenix border.

Mendez said she stopped her car, and what happened next is heartbreaking.

"I rolled my passenger window down and I said, 'Hey Hakeem, what's up? How are you doing?'" she explained. "And he popped his head into my window and he says, ‘I just want to give you a kiss, mama.'"

Mendez said as she leaned toward her son, Hakeem Shawky – whom she hadn't seen in about three months because of his drug addiction – he pulled out a box cutter.

"And then he proceeded to get into the car and started stabbing me and slashing at my throat, telling me that he was going to kill me," Mendez said through her tears. "He grabbed within the wound itself that he had created with his bare hands and he started pulling at my esophagus."

As Mendez fought for her life and screamed for help, she said a neighbor came to her rescue.

"He (neighbor) said, ‘Stop or I'm going to shoot,'" she recalled. "He (Shawky) wouldn't stop. He (neighbor) shot him once. It didn't even phase him, he (Shawky) was so high on drugs. And the second shot I heard, he (Shawky) went down and I was no longer being cut."

Mendez is now beginning a painful recovery.

She's also mourning the loss of a son she feels she truly lost to crystal meth, not the man who pulled the trigger.

"There was nothing else you could have done," Mendez said she wants her neighbor to know. "And as sad as I am to lose my boy, you did the right thing. And I thank you for my life."

Phoenix police are not recommending the good Samaritan face any charges.

Mendez said she hopes Shawky, who struggled with addiction for more than 15 years, is finally at peace.

"My son is very gentle and he's very loving, and he's a good boy," Mendez said about her memories of Shawky. "But that thing wasn't him. I don't think parents understand what they're dealing with. It's a very, very dangerous business. Crystal meth is stealing our kids and turning them into murderers."

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