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Man beaten with baseball bats dies in hospital; Edmonton’s 15th homicide of 2016

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Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News

EDMONTON – A man who was critically injured after being beaten with baseball bats late last week died in hospital over the weekend.

Police said the 34-year-old man died of his injuries Saturday afternoon. His death has been ruled Edmonton’s 15th homicide of 2016.

An autopsy confirmed Kelly Thompson died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

At around 10 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the area of 137 Street and 115 Avenue after a man was found lying on the ground with significant injuries.

Police said four or five suspects wearing dark clothes and hoods got out of the vehicle, hit the man several times with baseball bats and then left the scene in a vehicle.

READ MORE: ‘We’re scrambling big time’: Edmonton homicide detectives investigate 6 deaths in 6 days

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

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Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016.
Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News
Edmonton Police Service, EPS, Police tape, police, crime, crime scene
Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News
Edmonton Police Service, EPS, Police tape, police, crime, crime scene
Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News
Edmonton Police Service, EPS, Police tape, police, crime, crime scene
Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News
Edmonton Police Service, EPS, Police tape, police, crime, crime scene
Homicide detectives were called to 115th Avenue and 137th Street in west Edmonton's Woodcroft neighbourhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a man was seriously assaulted. April 15, 2016. Dave Carels, Global News