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Edmonton man dies after beating on transit train

EDMONTON—An Edmonton man savagely beaten in broad daylight in a train car has died from his injuries.

Police say 29-year-old John Hollar died in hospital late Sunday after being attacked Friday afternoon on the city’s rapid transit line.

It was a fight that forced transit officials to make a gut-wrenching decision when the train pulled into the first station and the other passengers fled while the beating continued.

Transit officials were forced to decide whether keep the doors open and hope the fight ended on its own or close the doors for three minutes to get the train to the next station, where security and first aid were available.

They closed the doors, and when the train arrived at the next station, the alleged attacker was arrested but Hollar was found unconscious with severe, and ultimately fatal, head injuries.

Jeremy Newborn, 29, faces a charge of second-degree murder.

thestar.com – News