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Local News in Brief : Suspect Sought in Fatal Beating Near Pool Hall

Los Angeles police investigators searched Tuesday for the killer of a 22-year-old Van Nuys man who died six days after he was clubbed over head during an argument outside a Van Nuys pool hall.

Simon Lopez died last Friday morning at County-USC Medical Center after complaining of persistent headaches since the July 19 fight, said Detective Dan Riehl.

Lopez apparently become involved about 1 a.m. in an argument inside a pool room at the corner of Victory Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, police said. Witnesses told police the two began fighting in a nearby parking lot and Lopez was hit over the head with a baseball bat or a large wooden club, Riehl said.

Two days later, Lopez was admitted to Olive View Mid-Valley Hospital after complaining of headaches. The next day he was transferred to County-USC Medical Center, where he was found to have internal bleeding in the head, Riehl said.

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Police are questioning people in the neighborhood in an attempt to find the killer, but so far “no one seems to be willing to come forward,” Riehl said.


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