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August 22, 2013

Man beaten to death with hammer in Brockton

BROCKTON (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal hammer attack on a 74-year-old Brockton man family members said was a minister on his way to visit his daughter.

Police responded to calls about an injured man on Clinton Street at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Lee Harmon was found with “massive head wounds” and a gash to the lower right arm. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Cruz said Wednesday the exact cause of Harmon’s death would be determined by autopsy. Broadcast reports said a hammer was recovered at the scene.

Family members and friends said Harmon was a Pentecostal minister with seven children and several grandchildren. They said he was riding his bicycle to visit his disabled daughter.

Witnesses told investigators they heard a crash and commotion, then breaking glass and a verbal confrontation.

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