Minister, great grandfather beaten, killed with hammer
BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police said a 74-year-old Brockton man was killed after his attacker hit him with a hammer.
“They stole him from me,” said one family member.
Lee Harmon, a great grandfather and a minister, was riding his bike down Clinton Street just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was attacked.
“Witnesses indicated that they heard a crash, they heard a commotion, including breaking of glass and that they heard there was a verbal confrontation. When they arrived in the parking lot they heard the victim bleeding from what appeared to be massive head wounds, as well as a large gash in his right lower arm,” said Plymouth County District Attorney, Tim Cruz.
Neighbors saw a hammer covered in blood next to Harmon’s body.
“I kept trying to talk to him to make sure he was alright -- he couldn’t talk, he probably didn’t understand me, but it really didn’t matter. All that really mattered was that he knew somebody was there,” said one man.
He later died at the hospital.
Harmon had a large family. They said on Tuesday night he was on his way to help his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, at her house. His family said he devoted his life to God as an ordained minister at a Boston church.
Harmon’s wife of 57 years said she can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt him.
“He never bothered nobody, drinking, drugging, he didn’t bother. He just minded his own business, he’d tell them about Jesus, how they must be born again to get to heaven,” said his wife, Francis Harmon.
Family members said he was well known for riding around on his bicycle collecting cans to recycle them and then taking the change from those cans to hand out to children in the neighborhood.
Police have not identified a suspect. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.