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Jesse Ayala, 45

Jesse Ayala, a 45-year-old Latino, died Friday, May 19, after sustaining blunt force trauma months earlier in the 800 block of East Holt Avenue in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

On Jan. 26, a man who had earlier assaulted two people was walking along East Holt Avenue, said Sgt. Brian Hagerty of the Pomona Police Department. The man approached Ayala and attempted to strike him.

A fight then broke out and Ayala was knocked down and struck his head, Hagerty said. 

Police arrested Joshua Jelani Bull, 27. Ayala was taken to the hospital.

According to coroner’s records, Ayala was in coma for four months before he died at 10:19 p.m. on May 19.

Bull is in custody charged with assault. Prosecutors will decide on murder charges once the investigation is complete, according to a spokesperson for the L.A. County district attorney. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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