Man apparently beaten to death in West Hollywood was a Long Beach resident, coroner says

A man who died after being beaten during an argument in West Hollywood was a Long Beach resident, authorities said today.

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 in a crosswalk apparently suffering from blunt-force-trauma injuries, 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,” sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told ABC7.

The suspects ran from the location and were sought by authorities.

Before the assault, the victim had been at a nearby rooftop bar and restaurant with friends, authorities said. The two suspects were also at the restaurant but investigators did not know if an incident occurred there that led to the assault.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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