27-year-old was beaten to death, Newark PD seek suspect

Police in Newark say that 27-year-old Frederick “Buddy” Thomas has died from injuries sustained during “some kind” of fight, which happened Friday night.

When police arrived, they found Thomas unresponsive. He was taken to Newark Wayne Community Hospital, then taken by air to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he remained in a coma until Tuesday morning. He then died from his injuries.

Thomas was found lying in the grass near BB’s Pizzeria on East Avenue in Newark around 10 pm. The call came in as a drug overdose, according to Police Chief David Christler.

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