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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a homeless man was beaten to death and three other people were hurt in a series of random, unprovoked attacks near an overcrowded downtown shelter.

Salt Lake City police said the man died after he was attacked with a 50-pound paver stone Tuesday morning.

Detective Greg Wilking says officials arrested 43-year-old Kepedro Kegler on suspicion of homicide and assault. Police say he is also homeless.

The assaults are the latest violence in the area near the shelter that state lawmakers and authorities are trying to get under control.

Utah house speaker Greg Hughes called for the state to confront crime there earlier this month, a visiting minor league baseball was attacked and a woman drove into a crowd of people, killing one.

No lawyer was immediately listed for Kegler.

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