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Homicide cops, coroner investigate death of Winton Terrace man after severe beating, fall

James Stier and his daughter, Raven Stier. (Photo courtesy Raven Stier Facebook page) James Stier and his daughter, Raven Stier. (Photo courtesy Raven Stier Facebook page)
WINTON TERRACE, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati police said homicide detectives and the Hamilton County Coroner's Office are investigating the death of a Winton Terrace man earlier this week.

James Stier, 57, was found severely beaten on Craft Street in Winton Terrace and taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, police said Wednesday morning. No one has been arrested in the incident, which originally was investigated as a felonious assault.

Stier died at the hospital on Monday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

That's one day after someone punched him twice, he fell back, hit his head on the curb and was knocked unconscious, said his daughter, Raven Stier of St. Bernard.

"I want justice," she cried. "He didn't deserve this. My mind can't relax until I get it." 

Police said they are waiting for the coroner's office to rule on Stier's cause of death before saying more about the case.

At this point, the case is a death investigation. 

Coroner's officials said Stier's cause of death has yet to be determined. Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco could not immediately be reached for comment.

Raven Stier said her father was punched when he went to check on one of his late girlfriend's daughters. 

"One of them was getting beaten up. He had his hands in his pocket. He was just trying to figure out what was going on and someone got out of a car and hit him," she said.

"He was punched on both sides of his face. He fell back and hit the curb and the hospital said that's probably what killed him."

She said the alleged attack was captured by a neighbor who filmed it on Facebook live and also on surveillance video cameras in the neighborhood.

She said police have the footage, and she believes the neighbor has since deleted the Facebook video.

Police declined to discuss or even confirm if they have video.

Raven Stier said doctors explained her father couldn't undergo surgery for his head wound because he had been taking aspirin and other blood thinners after having two stents put in his heart two months ago.

She is struggling as she grieves the sudden loss of the man he used to see on a daily basis.

He just celebrated his birthday Nov. 20. His family sang to him.

She can't believe he's gone.

"This is not real," she tearfully said. "He was living out there all these years. I been trying to tell him to get out of that neighborhood but he was like 'I'm OK, I'm OK.' He just didn't want to listen."

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