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Midtown man beaten to death

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police want to know who beat a man so severely inside his Midtown apartment, that even a neighbor and paramedics could not revive him.

The victim's friends say after the beating, suspects took off with the victim's car, laptop, and VCR.

Shattered glass scattered across the the sidewalk tells some of the story of the deadly struggle that went on inside a Midtown apartment on North Belvedere between Poplar and Madison at around 10:30 Saturday.

A neighbor who heard the fight asked us to conceal his identity out of fear for his safety, we will call him John Smith for this story.

"Then all of a sudden I heard furniture tossed, and people hitting against the wall. It was so bad my floors were vibrating, stuff in here was shaking I could hear my glass stuff rattling," Smith said.

When Smith looked outside he said he saw two men leaving. He then went to check on his neighbor.

"When I peered through the window, that's when I saw him lying facedown on the ottoman in a pool of blood. At that point I called 911," Smith said.

Smith went inside to give the unconscious man CPR.

"When I saw him, he was bleeding out of his ears his nose, his mouth," Smith said. "He had a couple of big knots about the size of my fist. On the top back of his head on this side and one on the other side."

Smith was unable to revive him. Paramedics took the 37-year old victim to THE MED in extremely critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.

Smith said now one of his conversations with his neighbor seems ironic.

"He turned around looked up at me, and said, hey man, don't be sitting up there sucking up all the air," Smith said. The irony of it all, is little did I know I would be sharing my breath with him to try to save his life."

A friend says the victim's name was Engo Cody. He said was Cody was a generous man, and a father of two teenagers.

David Phillips says the victim was Engo Cody, who worked part time at a gospel radio station, 1240 AM.

He says Cody was a generous man, always helping homeless people by giving them food and a change of clothes.

"I just want to say, you know you did it, turn yourself in, make this right. You took his life, you didn't have to do him like that, he was loved, he was well loved."

Phillips says he doesn't have a clue who would want to hurt Cody.

No arrests have been made.

If you have any information police urge you to call crime stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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