68-year-old Arizona grandmother beaten to death in ‘unprovoked attack’

Jay Hungerford/Pinal County Detention Center

A 68-year-old Arizona grandmother was beaten to death after visiting her daughter and grandchildren on Thursday in what police say was an “unprovoked attack.”

Jay Hungerford, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joan Sirhan, 68, the Apache Junction Police Department said, according to YourValley.net.

“Ms. Sirhan had reportedly just visited her daughter and grandchildren and was walking to her car in order to go home when she was attacked,” Apache Junction Police Cpl. Marshall Harshman said. “Ms. Sirhan was transported to Banner Desert Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.”

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Harshman said police arrived at the scene at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and found Sirhan unconscious with “extensive injuries to her face and head.”

Officers identified Hungerford as a suspect and arrested him, police said, but they did not detail what led them to the suspect.

“Hungerford and Sirhan had no previous contact with each other prior to the incident, and it appears to be an unprovoked attack,” Harshman said.

Hungerford was taken to the Pinal County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond pending arraignment.

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[Featured image: Joan Sirhan/GoFundMe]