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Coroner ID's Man Beaten to Death Outside Bar in West Hollywood

A 49-year-old man was found dead outside a Melrose Avenue bar early Friday.

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A man who died after apparently being beaten during an argument with two other people on a West Hollywood street was a Long Beach resident, authorities announced Saturday.

Luis Vega was 49-years-old, said coroner's Lt. David Smith. Vega's cause of death was deferred pending additional investigation.

Deputies responded to an altercation about 12:30 a.m. Friday to the 8500 block of Melrose Avenue, near La Cienega Boulevard, and found Vega, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said Vega and a man and woman got into an argument shortly after leaving a rooftop bar in the area.

“It looks like our victim fell to the ground and then was possibly stomped or kicked repeatedly in the head,” said sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.

The attackers ran from the location and were sought by authorities. No arrests have been reported.

Detailed descriptions of the attackers were not available.

Deputies initially responded to the location due to a report of a fight.

“Prior to deputies arriving, Los Angeles Police Department officers were flagged down regarding a person down on the street, related to the same incident,” Parra said. “Officers discovered the victim unresponsive in the crosswalk on the northwest corner of the intersection. The victim appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma.”

“Prior to the assault, the victim had been at a nearby rooftop bar and restaurant with friends,” Parra said. “Although the suspects were at the rooftop bar and restaurant at the same time as the victim and his friends, it is unknown at this time if an incident occurred within, that may have precipitated the assault.”

Parra said it was not known if any weapons were involved in the attack.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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