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-- Megan Garvey and Anthony Pesce
December 7, 2009 | 4:03
Humberto Rodriguez-Varon, a 51-year-old Latino, was beaten and died Wednesday, Nov. 25, in the 1300 block of South Orchard Avenue in Pico-Union, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.
Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Rodriguez-Varon was found on the sidewalk by someone walking in the area at 6:44 a.m. He had been hit in the face with a board and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Additional details were not immediately available.
-- Anthony Pesce
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Map: The location where Humberto Rodriguez-Varon was found dead. Click for the Pico-Union Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.