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Family search for answers, closure in Park Twp. man's death
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police are searching for a killer after a medical examiner ruled a man found dead in the snow in Ottawa County was beaten to death.
38-year-old Jose Hernandez was found late Monday night lying next to his car outside the Amberwood Apartment complex in Park Township.
An autopsy revealed he died from multiple blows to the head.
Newschannel 3 spoke to Hernandez's family members Wednesday night, who are dealing with the shock of his death, and fearing that his killer is still out there.
One of his nieces described to us just what she has lost, as she held a picture of Hernandez.
"My uncle was just always someone that liked to make people laugh," she said. "I don't understand why anyone would want to do that to him; he was always a nice person."
Just after midnight Tuesday, police got through to Hernandez's family.
"One of my parents came home, maybe like, 1:30," she said. "I thought it was weird my parents were coming in so I woke up, that's when they told me. I thought I was dreaming."
Even surrounded by her family for support, she says the pain is inescapable.
She's praying someone will know something that can help bring her uncle's killer to justice.