The irony of Dmitriy Nikitin's death stunned America's medical community.
After helping save the lives of hundreds, possibly thousands, Dr. Nikitin died at the hands of a disgruntled patient in a killing that remains as senseless as it is unexplained.
The patient, 53-year-old Nelson Flecha of Orange City, shot Nikitin in a parking garage at Florida Hospital's main campus on N. Orange Avenue Thursday evening. Detectives are still sorting through evidence to pin-point a motive in the slaying.
Investigators do know that Flecha targeted Nikitin, hunting down the doctor in the parking garage before turning the gun on himself.