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Long Island travel agent beaten to death

January 10, 2013 3:10:35 PM PST
Police are investigating an apparent robbery that turned into a deadly assault in Brooklyn Wednesday night.

Esmeralda Morales is desperate to know who murdered her 67 year-old husband, Jesse Morales. She's urging witnesses to come forward.

Morales left his office shortly after 7 o'clock Thursday night walking to his car just two blocks away when he was beaten, robbed and left to die.

The incident happened on 18th Street in Park Slope around 7:30 p.m.

One witness, who asked not to be identified, said the suspect was dressed entirely in black and wore a mask.

Investigators have found several eyewitnesses. They believe Morales was the random victim of a robbery.

"We believe it to be a robbery because the victim's wallet was taken and his watch was taken as well," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Morales was a fixture in Park Slope for 25 years, helping neighbors with everything from travel plans to tax returns.

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