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Malibu Beating: Investigation Will Determine if Victim's Death Was a Homicide

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Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are working to determine if the death of a restaurant worker found dead outside Guido's in Malibu Sunday night can be classified as a homicide.The victim, a 32-year-old man whose identity has not yet been released, is thought to have been "brutally beaten" by an unknown number of assailants as he went out back to take out the trash. The man worked as a dishwasher at Guido's.

A report issued by the LASD early Monday morning indicated the victim was found beaten to death, however, a LASD rep stressed this afternoon the case remains under investigation, and an autopsy will help determine--or rule out--if the man died of natural causes.