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Cleveland man beaten, dies on birthday

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 05:01:30-05

A Cleveland family is mourning after police said that Dontez L. Curlee died as a result of an assault on his 34th birthday.

Curlee was found beaten, bleeding from his head and mouth, at about 4:30 p.m. Jan 21 at the bus stop at Lee Road and Miles Avenue. Family said Curlee had just left his job at Family Dollar where he picked up an extra shift that day.

He was taken to University Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries the next day.

"It's unbearable," said Jenita Curlee, Curlee's mother. "I don't understand it. They robbed him. Take what you take but leave my child alone. They killed him, they stomped him in the head until he was brain dead."

Police said that there is little suspect information at this time, and a motive for the homicide has not yet been determined.

Family and friends held a vigil Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 at the bus stop where he died.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information may be given to Crimestoppers.

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