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Philadelphia man dies after being punched at the dog park, police say

Drew Justice, 38, died after he was punched during a dispute with another dog walker in Philadelphia park on Saturday, police said.
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Philadelphia man who walked his dog died Saturday after he was beaten during an altercation with another dog walker in a park of the city.

Drew Justice, 38, and his fiance were walking their dog at Gold Star Park at about 9 pm Saturday when Justice asked another man not to let his unleashed dog run free, police said.

The other man apparently became angry and slapped Justice in the face, causing Justice to fall backward — and hit his head on the ground. Justice was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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The medical examiner’s office said Justice was the death a homicide caused by “blunt impact trauma injuries to the head,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Julie Abruzzese told NBC 10 that Justice and his fiance were almost on their wedding day.

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“It’s heartbreaking,” she said.

Police spokesman Jeff Chrusch said authorities are interviewing a person of interest in connection with the attack. No charges have been filed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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