Death after beating is ruled a homicide

December 12, 2007

The death of a man who was severely beaten outside a West Baltimore store Oct. 23 has been ruled a homicide, city police said yesterday.

The victim, Lonnie E. Foote, 58, of the 6000 block of Park Heights Ave., died Nov. 6 at St. Agnes Hospital, according to his former wife, Arlene Clark.

Police said an autopsy was performed Nov. 7 and, after an investigation, his death was ruled a homicide by blunt-force trauma Dec. 2. The case was turned over to the city homicide investigators the next day. But the homicide ruling was not revealed until yesterday.

No arrests have been made in connection with the killing. Foote was outside a store in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. about 6 p.m. Oct. 23 when he was attacked by at least four other males, who struck and kicked him about the body and head before fleeing, police said.

According to his former wife, Foote, an air-conditioning technician, was first treated at Sinai Hospital and remained there for several days before he was transferred to Kernan Hospital for further treatment.

From Kernan, Clark said, Foote was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he died.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 800-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment.

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