- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A homeless man has died months after being brutally beaten by a group of people outside a Philadelphia gas station.

Fifty-one-year-old Robert Barnes died on Wednesday at a suburban hospital, according to his sister.

The assault in April outside a Sunoco gas station in the city’s Olney section left Barnes in a coma.

On the day of the attack, police say Barnes and a teenager were at the gas station pumping gas for spare change. Police say the teen later accused Barnes of hitting him, prompting the attack.

Three adults and three teens have been charged. Prosecutors have said the charges could be upgraded if Barnes died.

Diane Barnes tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1XkYbOp ) that her brother once worked as a roofer but later suffered from alcoholism.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com


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