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Man found dead on front porch of downtown Raleigh home

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A death investigation is underway in downtown Raleigh after a man was found dead on the front porch of a home Thursday morning, according to police and a relative of one of the people who live in the home.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Haywood Street around 7:45 a.m., police said.

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According to a man who identified himself to CBS 17 as Herman Dillard, his sister-in-law lives at the home and had spoken with him on the phone earlier in the day. According to Dillard, she told him that a man came up to the house and began banging on the door. Instead of opening the door, they called 911.

One person who lives in the house told CBS 17 that after calling 911 and hearing sirens, they went to the front door and found a man beaten and bloody.

That man has been identified as Thomas Paul Koenigs, 54.

Police and EMS arrived on scene and tried to revive Koenigs, who was lying on the porch, but were unable to, Dillard said. Those who live in the house are OK, according to Dillard.

Haywood and E. Martin streets was lined with evidence markers Thursday morning.

Police called Koenigs a "victim" in a press release, but did not release any further details regarding the case.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the incident including whether they saw the victim last evening or in the early morning hours to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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