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Minister Beaten to Death with Hammer in Brockton

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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal hammer attack on a 74-year-old Brockton man family members said was a minister who was 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. Seventy-four-year-old Lee Harmon, was found with what the Plymouth district attorney’s office described as “massive head wounds” and a gash to the lower right arm. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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

Broadcast reports said a hammer was recovered at the scene.

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