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Man beaten to death in Midtown memorialized

Beside the grass where a young man took his last breaths early Sunday morning, is a memorial of flowers, candles, photos and St. Patrick’s Day beaded necklaces and plastic leprechaun hats.

“RIP from the P St neighbors 1725 God Bless,” read a note written on a candle.

Passersby, neighbors and witnesses stopped by the corner of 18th and P streets Monday to relight candles and incense, and for some, learn of the events that led to the death of a young man who was fatally beaten.

The man, in his 20s, was apparently beaten by three men just prior to 1 a.m. Sunday and suffered traumatic head injuries, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

A man who dialed 911 was walking from a nearby bar when he came upon the scene. Wishing to remain anonymous, the man said he witnessed the aftermath, and not the beating itself.

"He was knocked out and still breathing," he said. "I thought he was passed out drunk."

It didn’t appear that the victim’s friends were with him, and those who witnessed the beating didn’t chase after the suspects, the man said.

Ken Freedlander, a nearby property owner, said the quality of life has improved in the central city since he bought a home 26 years ago. But the death of a young man on the same street as his home gives a sense of unease.

"It’s just a shame, it’s a step backward for us," he said. "It’s just very sad and very unfortunate – it looks like he was a nice man."

The Sacramento Coroner’s Office said it can not release the name of the deceased man.

The same day, though many hours later, another man walking in Midtown was the victim of a crime, but didn’t suffer the same fate. A man walking near D and 20th streets was hit in the lower body with a baseball bat after two men yelled gay slurs at him. He suffered minor injuries and police are investigating what’s suspected to be a hate crime.  

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