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Friends remember man killed in suspected assault

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A Cedar Rapids man is now dead from injuries in a suspected assault and those that knew him said he didn't deserve what happened to him.

On Tuesday, Charles (Chuck) Flint, 60, died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from injuries from an incident that happened on Sunday. Police responded to the 100 block of 11 St. SW in Cedar Rapids where Flint was lying in the street, injured.

At first, police expected it was a hit-and-run but then later said it may have been an assault.

"It was originally reported as a hit-and-run and then investigators received subsequent information that an assault occurred.  Investigators are methodically working through the evidence and witness statements as they conduct the investigation.  An autopsy will be performed on the victim which will also be an important part of the investigation," Cedar Rapids Police Spokesperson Greg Buelow said.

According to friends, Flint was on his way home and had just left Gilligan's Pub and Grub, a block away from where he was found. Flint is said to have lived just a few blocks past the scene.

At Gilligan's, Flint was a regular. The people working there and those who go often are hurting over the loss of Flint. They said everyone there knew and loved him.

"You know this was his home. He came down here. He had his friends here. This was his family," Sam Murdock said.

Murdock said both he and Flint came to the bar nearly everyday after work for happy hour and have known each other for more than 40 years. They liked to butt heads over football. Flint's favorite team was the Vikings and Murdock's, the Packers.

"He didn't deserve that. No one deserves that," Murdock.

Ann Glass works as a bartender at Gilligan's and has worked there for 17 years. She said Flint has been coming in for 15 of those. 

"There's a lot of angry people besides me out there, how bad it was. It was uncalled for. I don't care, Chuck or anybody, how bad he was beaten was totally uncalled for and why was it," Glass said.

Glass said she recently had surgery and had just returned to work, and it was Flint who would help with getting ice and heavy items she wasn't able to carry yet. She said she's angry and scared that what happened to Flint could happen so close and in the middle of the road.

A sentiment echoed by many of the other patrons.

"I was in shock as everybody would be.  I could not believe that a man can't walk a block and a half and only lives four blocks away and gets murdered like that," Murdock said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491.

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