San Diego

Man in Brutal Beating Near Petco Park Dies

The victim in the attack succumbed to his injuries Monday, police said

A man who was attacked near the pedestrian bridge next to Petco Park has died from his injuries, San Diego police said Tuesday. 

Four teenagers were arrested in connection with the brutal beating, police said. 

Paramedics found Edward Leon Starland, 56, unresponsive near the pedestrian bridge that connects Park Boulevard over Harbor Drive at about 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. 

Starland died Monday from injuries he received in the attack, police said.

A witness said Starland and a group of teens were arguing when he was pushed to the ground and attacked, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. The teens took off when witnesses yelled at them. 

SDPD's investigation led them to believe one 19-year-old man and three juvenile women, ages 14, 15 and 17, were involved in the attack.  

Initially, officials said all four were arrested and booked into either San Diego County Jail or Juvenile Hall on felony battery charges. 

However, as of Tuesday, no charges have been filed. San Diego police said the case was under review by the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

"You hate to hear it, but you know, it is, you don't feel this is a very safe area," said one East Village resident. "It's just, you only go certain places, you stay close to the ballpark, at least I do, around the perimeter."

Another resident told NBC 7 they feel safe because a lot of police officers patrol the area frequently.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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