FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A man was beaten to death in a parking lot fight outside a Fayetteville restaurant Sunday morning, police said.
Fayetteville police officers responded to the parking lot of 301 Wingz at 407 N. Eastern Boulevard in response to a reported fight just before 12:30 a.m., police said.
According to a preliminary investigation, the victim and two men were inside the restaurant before the fight. When the three men left, they began to fight while in the parking lot. The victim was beaten, suffered serious injuries and left unconscious in the parking lot, police said.
The victim has not been identified by police, but the victim’s stepson, Joseph Hinton, told CBS North Carolina that the man killed was Mike Mansfield.
Mansfield was the owner of 1st Place Auto Wash and Detailing Shop. The car wash is just down the block from the restaurant.
Family and friends have placed signs, notes and flowers outside the doors of 1st Place Auto Wash at 325 N. Eastern Boulevard. People have also posted to the CBS North Carolina Facebook page where they described Mansfield as “a great man,” an “awesome man of God,” and someone who has always “been nothing but nice and giving to everybody.”
One person who posted a comment to the CBS North Carolina Facebook page said they “can’t wrap my brain around why anyone would want to hurt this soldier of God.”
Hinton told CBS North Carolina that his stepfather was a great man.
“He was the type of man that would give you the shirt off his back. He would help anybody in need. He would pray for complete strangers.”
Hinton described the crime as “senseless” and “violent.”
“If any man did not deserve a violent death, it was this man. This man would want forgiveness for the people that did this to him. That’s not a lie. I am struggling with that, I am not going to lie. He would want people to forgive,” he said.
Police said that the two suspects were seen getting into a vehicle and fleeing the scene following the altercation.
Mansfield was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
According to a 2014 Fayetteville Observer article, Mansfield was a “born-again former drug dealer and free-base cocaine addict.”
He opened the car wash in 1998, the newspaper reported.
Detectives are investigating the fatal assault and are asking anyone with information to contact them.
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