Man, 86, Found Fatally Beaten at His Building Supply Firm

From United Press International

The 86-year-old owner of a Compton building supply company died Saturday of injuries from a beating, possibly by a burglar at his business, authorities said.

Charles Beckman of Lakewood died about 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach. He suffered blunt force trauma over his entire body and head, said Sheriff's Deputy George Ducoulombier.

About 10:45 a.m., a passerby noticed Beckman lying in front of his business, Beckman Building Supply, at 19500 Alameda St. in Compton. The door was open and there were signs of a disturbance inside.

"A burglary may have occurred," Ducoulombier said.

No one has been arrested.

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