LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man who decided to take a break from work Friday was standing just outside the back door when police said he was stabbed.
The victim's mother, Charlotte Watt, identified the victim as Nick Morris, 33.
Morris was a cook at Ciao Restaurant on Payne Street. Watt went to the restaurant from the hospital after learning her son had died. She said Morris been stabbed five times and died during surgery.
"I didn't get to see him, I didn't get to see him," she cried.
The restaurant's owner, Bridgette Pizzonia, tried to console his co-workers.
"It's awful," Pizzonia said. "We're all really upset and shaken."
Watt has her suspicions about her son's murder, while neighbors may have some clues.
"I thought he was just a theater kid taking a break. I didn't think nothing of it," a woman who lives nearby said.
She saw a man hanging around her house. She would later find out police were searching for him.
"I feel horrible that's why kids don't come down here and why I don't want to come back down here," the woman said.
Morris had three girls, ages 3, 9 and 11, and had custody of two of them, Watt said.
She is holding on to hope that someone will tip detectives off, while holding on to her son's necklace which will now rest forever on her chest.
"This was his," Watt said. "He wore it all the time. I'm wearing it all the time now."
Louisville Metro police used K9s in the search for the suspect, but no arrests have been made.
LMPD said the victim was conscious and alert when he was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. The victim said his assailant ran off toward the east.
Pizzonia released the following statement about Morris' death on Friday afternoon:
"Ciao will be closed tonight. Our staff will be mourning the senseless loss of our colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and three young children as they come to grips with the loss of their father. We are asking for anyone with information to come forward and please speak with the Louisville Metro Police. Senseless deaths are happening through our entire community but this one has affected the Ciao family. We have set up a Go Fund Me page at www.GoFundMe.com (Search Nicholas Morris Memorial) to support the family. Ciao will reopen tomorrow with a portion of our proceeds going to that fund."