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Updated Apr 18, 2014 - 1:24 pm

April 7, 2014 [RE-BROADCAST OF 9/20/2010]

Karl Markovic. (Silent Witness Photo)

PHOENIX -- Whenever she got into his truck, Karl Markovic's stepdaughter sids he always had Christian music on the radio. In fact, Karl and his wife had just found a new church and were loving it. His stepdaughter says he was the kindest person she knew.

"He would see someone out on the street that looked like they needed money and he would give the last of his money to that person," she said.

Karl, who grew up in Mesa, was a sergeant in the Army National Guard.

"He loved his job," his stepdaughter said. "He loved his uniform. He loved serving our country."

Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch said Karl, 45, was supposed to attend a weekend drill on August 7, 2010.

"Unfortunately he never made it," Burch said.

Burch said Karl was supposed to report at 5:30 a.m. at the armory near 52nd Street and McDowell. Instead, he was found three hours later on the opposite end of the property. He had been stabbed and was laying on the ground next to his truck.

"The weapon was his own knife, and it does not appear that there was any kind of robbery at all," Burch said. "Did he park there willingly? Was it somebody that he knew? Was he stopping to lend a hand to somebody? We don't know.

"Right now it's truly a murder mystery. Police have no idea would have done this. There is no evidence at the scene to suggest a robbery. There (are) absolutely no clues whatsoever at this point."

His army buddies called him "Markey Mark" or "Kovic." After two tours of duty, the rest of us might call him a patriot.

"For him to die here on the city streets is just shocking," Burch said.

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Years with the company: 18

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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