North Carolina woman dies after being beaten in park

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Winston-Salem Journal) — Police say a woman who was assaulted in a city park in North Carolina has died.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 50-year-old Ella Lorine Crawley was found near a walking path in Gateway Commons Park in Winston-Salem last Saturday.

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Police said Crawley had visible head injuries, and police said she was in grave need of assistance. She died on Sunday.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office says Crawley died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Police are investigating her death as a homicide, which would be the city’s eighth in 2020.