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January 08, 2019

Police identify man who died after being punched in South Philly while walking dog

Drew Justice was hit near Gold Star Park on Saturday after he told another man to leash his dog

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Police have identified the man who died in front of his fiancee Saturday night after he was punched by another dog walker in a South Philadelphia park.

The man, 38-year-old Drew Justice, had been walking his dog with his fiancee in Gold Star Park, near Wharton and South Marshall streets, around 9 p.m. Saturday when Justice asked another man to leash his dog, who was running free, according to the Associated Press. 

The other man became angry and punched Justice in the face. Justice fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk.

Police responded to a call of people screaming and found Justice unconscious, receiving CPR on the sidewalk from a neighbor. Emergency responders transported him to Thomas Jefferson Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m., the Inquirer reported.

The medical examiner's office is expected to release the cause of death on Tuesday. 

No charges have been filed and authorities are interviewing a suspect in connection with the incident.

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