An elderly Jewish man was confirmed dead earlier this week as a result of injuries he sustained when confronted by pro-Palestinian protestors over the Israel-Hamas war.
69-year-old Paul Kessler, was rushed to the hospital and died early Monday morning after suffering a head injury during the Sunday demonstration in southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, which noted it has “not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.”
“No arrest have been made in the Mr. Kessler’s death investigation and there is no new information at this time,” a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told The Christian Post in a statement Thursday.
“The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office continues to work diligently on this case, but we do not want to compromise the integrity of the investigation by releasing incomplete or inaccurate information,” he added.
Witnesses at the event, which took place at an intersection in Thousand Oaks outside Los Angeles, claimed to have seen Kessler fall backward and strike his head on the ground, the sheriff’s office noted.
Kessler was taken to an area hospital before succumbing to his injuries the next day, police said, adding that the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined his manner of death to be a homicide caused by a blunt force injury to the head.
Kessler’s autopsy at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injury and the manner of death to be homicide, per the release, according to Fox News.