EUGENE, Ore. — A man is dead after an apparent assault in downtown Eugene. The Eugene Police Department says 23 year-old Dean Sweeden died Wednesday morning from injuries he sustained in an apparent attack.
EPD said just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday it got a call about an injured man in 6th Alley between Lincoln and Lawrence.
Police said Sweden had injuries that appeared to be from an assault. He was rushed to the hospital but died shortly after.
Friends of Sweeden were collecting his belongings from the crime scene Wednesday afternoon and said they’re heartbroken.
One woman says she’s worked near the alley for twelve years and has never seen anything like this happen. But, others living nearby said there are a lot of transient people in the area, and fights aren’t uncommon. Those living in the area say they belive Sweeden was homeless.
“At this point in time it’s an open and active investigation. We’re just in the infancy of it, so we’re seeking info,” said Sgt. Kris Martes.
The violent crimes unit and forensic evidence patrol unit were both on scene Wednesday morning collecting evidence.
According to his facebook page, Sweeden did public relations for Occupy Eugene.