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Man Beaten to Death With Hammers in St. Louis, Police Say

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A man was beaten to death with hammers by a group of juveniles early Sunday morning on a St. Louis street, police said. Officers found Zemir Begic, 32, unconscious at approximately 1:15 a.m. ET, according to St. Louis Metro Police.

Begic had been traveling in his car early Sunday when several minors approached on foot and began damaging it. Begic got out of the car — and that’s when the juveniles began to yell and attack him with hammers, according to police.

The victim suffered injuries injuries to his head, abdomen, face, and mouth. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The two teenagers involved in the attack — a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old male — were in custody Sunday evening. Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the gruesome attack, said Leah Freeman, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Authorities said they do not believe the attack was related to the recent unrest surrounding a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Freeman said.

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