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PICTURED: California dad-of-four, 40, who was 'pulled from his truck and beaten to death after driving towards group of people outside bar'

 The wife of a California man who was pulled from his truck and beaten to death after driving toward a crowd outside a sports bar over the weekend tearfully begged anyone with information about the altercation to come forward.  

The victim was identified as Melguin Lopez Santos, 40, a father-of-four construction worker from Los Angeles. Authorities said he died near Rock It sports bar and grill in Hawthorne early Saturday after suffering blunt force trauma. 

Law enforcement officials said they have identified four male suspects, but as of Monday morning no arrests have been announced. 

'It's unfair,' said Lopez Santos' wife, Monica Perez.' I just feel like someone knows something.' 

Melguin Lopez Santos, 40, has been identified as the man who was allegedly beaten to death by a crowd of bar patrons outside a Hawthorne, California, on Saturday

Melguin Lopez Santos, 40, has been identified as the man who was allegedly beaten to death by a crowd of bar patrons outside a Hawthorne, California, on Saturday 

The incident took place near the Rock It sports bar early Saturday following an altercation

The incident took place near the Rock It sports bar early Saturday following an altercation 

This photo shows the damage to the corner of a building after Lopez Santos crashed his truck into it, before being dragged out and beaten

This photo shows the damage to the corner of a building after Lopez Santos crashed his truck into it, before being dragged out and beaten 

A photo depicting Lopez Santos and his wife is seen at a makeshift memorial in Hawthorne

A photo depicting Lopez Santos and his wife is seen at a makeshift memorial in Hawthorne 


Flanked by her children, Perez appealed to the public to come forward.

'We're hurting, we're hurting here,' she added through sobs, as NBC LA reported.

Lopez Santos was apparently ejected from a business in Hawthorne shortly after midnight Saturday and got into an argument with someone while walking to his truck, said Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department.

Lopez Santos then drove the truck onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting a group of bar patrons before it struck a tree, the Daily Breeze reported.

As the patrons attempted to take the man out of the driver's seat, Lopez Santos accelerated again and hit the corner of a nearby building, Reynaga said.

The group of bar goers then pulled him out of the truck and continued fighting with him as Hawthorne police arrived, sheriff's Deputy Grace Medrano said.

Lopez Santos crashed his truck into this tree after a crowd of bar patrons allegedly tried to drag him out of the vehicle after an argument

Lopez Santos crashed his truck into this tree after a crowd of bar patrons allegedly tried to drag him out of the vehicle after an argument 

Monica Perez, Lopez Santos' wife, appealed to the public for information related to the incident that resulted in her husband's death

Monica Perez, Lopez Santos' wife, appealed to the public for information related to the incident that resulted in her husband's death  

Lopez Santos suffered severe blunt-force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, despite paramedics' life-saving measures, Medrano said. 

Cops are now investigating whether Santos suffered a medical condition, which may have contributed to his death, and haven't said whether he was drunk at the time of the incident.  

The violent confrontation was captured on surveillance video, but the footage was grainy and the fight occurred behind the truck, partially out of view, Reynaga said.

'You could see there was a fight going on, but you couldn´t tell who was doing what,' he told the newspaper.

Lopez Santos lived in Los Angeles and worked construction
He is survived by his wife and their four children

Lopez Santos lived in Los Angeles and worked construction. He is survived by his wife and their four children 

Most of the people involved in the fight were interviewed by detectives and then released, pending autopsy results. 

Investigators said four men were considered suspects in Lopez Santos' death.

Meanwhile, Monica Perez, the victim's wife, launched a GoFundMe campaign, seeking financial help for her and their four children: a son and three daughters.  

'Melguin Was an Amazing Father To My Kids and His life Did not deserve to be taken so Soon,' she wrote in the description. 

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