Man beaten in home burglary dies, teens charged with murder

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INDIANAPOLIS – A man found badly beaten in the middle of an east side street last Wednesday has passed away, leaving his family members to clean out his home Monday.

Kenneth Haskins, 54, was attacked in connection with a home burglary. Police said Haskins returned home from work on North Hawthorne Lane when he found suspects Kyle Mitchell and Dechel Dossett, both 18. When he interrupted the burglary, police said the teens ambushed and beat him. They left with items stolen from Haskins’ home as well as two of his cars.

“It’s a shame. People like that don’t have enough guidance as young people, (it’s) just a pretty senseless act,” neighbor Martin Monnig said.

Police quickly apprehended Mitchell and Dossett just after the beating, thanks to a tip from a community member. Both young men are in jail, charged with a slew of crimes included auto theft and attempted murder.

Following Haskins’ death Monday, prosecutors upgraded those charges to murder.

Monnig and other neighbors said Haskins was a kind neighbor who worked hard on a night shift job. They sent condolences to his family and planned to keep an eye out for each other following the gruesome crime.

“(This) kind of shook up the neighborhood. We’ve got a lot of good people here on the block and this is an unusual happening,” Monnig said.

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