Herrin police investigating man's death as homicide

Authorities investigating homicide in Herrin, IL
Residents say the victim was homeless and would sometimes stay with friends in the area.
Residents say the victim was homeless and would sometimes stay with friends in the area.

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - Herrin Police are investigating a 52-year-old man's death as a homicide.

The investigation began Friday with a 911 call about a man laying in the 500 block of south 24th Street.

According to Herrin Police, the caller said it appeared the man, later identified as Dana Kind, had been hit by a vehicle.

Kind was transferred to a St. Louis-area hospital.

Roger Kind, Dana Kind's brother, said he died Wednesday afternoon at the hospital.

According to the St. Louis County medical examiner, Kind died as a result of a closed brain injury from blunt force trauma. The medical examiner ruled the injuries occurred shortly before the 911 call, police said.

The medical examiner said they cannot confirm if Kind was hit by a vehicle, or something else, at this time.

According to his brother, Roger, Dana Kind's brain damage was so severe he couldn't swallow. He said Dana had a stroke in the hospital and was being kept alive by machines. Roger Kind said after talking to the rest of the family, they decided to let nature take its course and that it was best to turn the machines off.

"We went in around 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, decided to pull the plug around 4 p.m. and he passed away around 10," Roger Kind said over the phone on Thursday.

People who live on 24th Street say Kind was a homeless man who had been roaming the streets of Herrin for the past 30 years. They say he would occasionally stay with friends in the area.
Jane Ran lives near where he was found and would offer him shelter from time-to-time.  She said she's very sad to see such a thing happen.

"He was loved. A lot of people out there, he was very loved," Ran said.

Another friend just wanted answers.

"I liked Dana a lot, he was my buddy," Mary Sidwell said, "I just want to know what happened. I just want to know what happened, because all I know is Saturday morning I woke up and his hat was laying in my front yard; and they said they took him in, about half dead."

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call the Herrin Police Department at 618-942-2106.

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