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Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has classified the Sunday death of Cesar Rivera, 27, as a homicide.

Police said 6th District officers responding to a report of a disturbance in the 4300 block of Washington Avenue about 4:30 a.m. found Rivera lying in the street unconscious, with a wound to the head.

Witnesses told police that five men had attacked him with a pipe and fists. He then hit his head on a vehicle and fell to the ground, they said. He was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day.

Police had not issued a release about Rivera’s death until Thursday, after Rouse made his classification, but 2nd District Cmdr. Paul Noel said Rivera died outside a recently opened nightclub.

Homicide Detective Gregory Johnson is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.