A 21-year-old New Bedford man has died after police said he was punched in the head in a parking lot behind a Providence nightclub.
Police said Charles Bettencourt, of New Bedford, died at Rhode Island Hospital on Saturday.
According to police, Bettencourt was leaving a club on Pine Street at about 1 a.m. Friday when he got into an argument with another a group of several men in a nearby parking lot.
Witnesses said a man who was not even involved in the argument sucker punched Bettencourt in the back of his head. Police said Bettencourt hit his head on the concrete.
He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where doctors said he suffered brain injuries and would never be the same again.
Family members told NBC 10 they decided to take Bettencourt of a ventilator. They said he was a free spirit with a very sweet heart and that he wouldn't have wanted to spend the rest of his life in bed with a feed tube.
An initial arrest was made, but that person was released.
Investigators are combing through surveillance video from the club and nearby businesses to see if the fight was caught on camera.
This is the fourth homicide in the city this year.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday for Bettencourt at Boulevard Funeral Home in New Bedford, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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