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Homeless man found beaten to death on Midtown sidewalk

A man was found beaten to death early Wednesday morning just blocks from the Fox Theatre in Midtown.

The 59-year-old victim, identified as Moses Cooper, 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. Atlanta police are investigating his death as a homicide, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Officers were patrolling the area overnight when someone flagged them down to say a man with a head wound needed help. According to police, the man had suffered “apparent blunt force trauma.”

“Officers went to check on the male and he was in fact deceased,” Atlanta police Lt. Andrea Webster told Channel 2. “At this point we have no witnesses, we are waiting to check video footage in the area. Fortunately for us, there are cameras.”

Investigators clean a crime scene in front of a building in the 800 block of Peachtree Street in Midtown, where a man was found beaten to death Wednesday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Police on scene said several people sleep between buildings on Peachtree Street, and it appears Cooper was homeless, the news station reported. 

Cooper’s cousin, Nina L. Scott, told Channel 2 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 has raised $110.

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

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