Autopsy Rules Death of Man Beaten in Home Invasion a Homicide

Victim died nearly two weeks after he was beaten during the break-in

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    Howell was found beaten in the doorway of his Evergreen Tower II apartment in Old Town on April 8, according to police.

    An autopsy for a 62-year old man who died 11 days after he was beaten in a home invasion at a senior home in Old Town has ruled the death a homicide.

    Harold Howell was declared dead at 11:12 p.m. on Thursday as a result from multiple injuries sustained from an assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

    "I'm angry, I'm flustered I'm sad," said Howell's daughter Shenee.

    Howell was found beaten in the doorway of his Evergreen Tower II apartment in Old Town on April 8, according to police. The beating left Howell disoriented and police could not get much information about the attack from him, said police News Affairs Veejay Zala.

    "I want CPD to find out who did this," said Shenee. "We do need justice for my father."

    She says her father is an Army veteran who fought in Vietnam. He drove buses and trains for the CTA for more than 20 years.

    Police said they were investigating Howell's attack as a strong-armed robbery, but it is expected to be elevated to a homicide investigation.