LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)   —  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives investigating a beating last week on a train platform are now investigating a homicide.

The 65-year-old victim, now identified as LA resident John Whitmore, was standing on a Metro-Blue Line Imperial/Wilmington train platform on Friday afternoon June 13, when he was accosted and assaulted by two black females.

The assault happened about 1:20 p.m. in Willowbrook.

Whitmore was waiting for a train when the two women — for unknown reasons — began to hit him with their fists. Officials said they also kicked the man who collapsed on the ground.

Authorities said the suspects fled the train platform on foot.

Whitmore was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center. He succumbed to his beating Friday, June 20 at around 2 a.m.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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