A day after a homeless man was found beaten to death just blocks from the Fox Theatre in Midtown, Atlanta police released surveillance footage of two persons of interest in the homicide.
Video shows two men talking outside a Sprint store, not far from where police found Moses Cooper dead from blunt force trauma. Officers were patrolling the area overnight when someone flagged them down to say a man with a head wound needed help.
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The 59-year-old was found just after 2 a.m. on a sidewalk near the Sprint store in the 800 block of Peachtree Street, between 5th and 6th streets. Officers believe Cooper was beaten while he was asleep.
Police have not released descriptions of the men, but video shows one wearing a white shirt with cutoff sleeves and dark pants while carrying a bookbag. The other man has on a white shirt with dark pants and a dark hat.
“At this time there are no warrants,” Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said in an emailed statement. “If anyone knows these individuals, please notify the Atlanta Homicide Unit immediately.”
Cooper’s cousin, Nina L. Scott, told Channel 2 Action News she didn’t know her relative was homeless until he died because she said everyone in his immediate family had died.
“It hurts so bad,” Scott said. “I don’t know how much I can take. I just don’t know.”
She said the family has set up a GoFundMe page for his funeral costs. It has a fundraising goal of $6,000, and as of Wednesday night had raised $195.
Anyone with information about the two men in the video is asked to call Atlanta police at 404-291-6163 or 404-546-4295. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
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