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Man Dies After Being Struck Many Times With Road Sign

By | September 26, 2013

A 50-year-old man died after being beaten with a road sign, punched and kicked outside the Anchorage Community Mental Health Services building, and four people are in custody.

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Police in a Thursday statement identified the victim as Ferdinand Marquez, who lives in both California and Alaska, where he was a seasonal fishing boat employee. His body was found just before 7 a.m. Wednesday near the East Anchorage facility.

Police say surveillance video from nearby businesses show Marquez was struck multiple times with the sign and then attacked by four suspects.

Police say they have arrested 24-year-old David Walent, 18-year-old Jerrick Blankenship, 22-year-old Matt Martin and 33-year-old Lewis Martin. All were to be arraigned later Thursday on murder charges. All except Lewis Martin also face robbery counts.

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