Boston police turning to public for help in Roxbury death investigation

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston police are turning to the public for help as they conduct a death investigation.

Officers responding to Brigham and Women’s Hospital around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday found an elderly man suffering from “serious head trauma,” according to police.

That man, whose name has not been released, later succumbed to his injuries police said.

Investigators believe the man may have sustained the injuries in the area of 868 Huntington Ave. in Roxbury between 8 and 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Retired college professor Julius Dudley saw paramedics working on the man in front of his apartment building.

“I saw a faint movement of his hand and legs and I didn’t know what to think other than he was injured and that he needed help,” Dudley said.

Police don’t know if this was an accident or a violent attack.

Dudley says based on where the man was laying, it is possible that the man tripped on the uneven sidewalk. He says he has tripped and fallen in the same place in the past.

“This touches me in a special place, I’m 75-years old, and I’ve lived in this area and felt relatively safe,” Dudley said. “As a very diverse neighborhood, most of the students from Northeastern, BU, Harvard, I would never think of anyone hurting someone elderly.”

Police have been in contact with the victim’s family.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone in the area at the time who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at 617-343-4470.

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