Police were investigating the fifth homicide in four days in Kansas City after a man was beaten to death Saturday.
The man, identified by family members as 42-year-old John Earl Allen of Kansas City, was found dead about 9:30 p.m. near 22nd Street and Denver Avenue, police said.
Allen’s death was initially attributed to a shooting, but family members said he fell and hit his head after he was punched during a fight.
Two men fled the area on foot after the altercation.
The man’s death was the fifth homicide since Wednesday in Kansas City, the second of the day, and the 49th homicide of the year.
A man was found stabbed to death earlier Saturday in the 3000 block of East 49th Street after an argument with another man over money.