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Canby man attacked in Washington State; police say he later died from injuries

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The search is on for four men who attacked a Canby man in Washington State.  His injuries were so severe, police say he later died at the hospital. 

Family tells FOX 12 that Anthony Bowers, 54, went to Lakewood, Washington for a family reunion on July 19th. 

He was out buying groceries for the party when he was attacked, and it appears he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to family.

Investigators think the assault happened somewhere between the Lakewood Walmart on Bridgeport Way and Manitou Park on 66th street in Tacoma, sometime between 4:50pm and 5pm.

Bowers mother, Sharon Mrokowski, says after the assault, he went back to the family reunion and later told his father four people tried to rob him, but acted like nothing was physically wrong. 

She adds that no one there could tell he was badly hurt.

“He was kind of a private guy, you know macho, and he didn’t want to say anything,” said mother Sharon Mrokowski. “On his way back, he was driving, and he thought maybe it was his medicine, but he was getting headaches and was dizzy.”

At some point police say Bowers later told his family what happened.  

Mrokowski says her son was later rushed to the hospital, and underwent multiple surgeries to remove multiple brain clots.

“His fiancé still had lots of hope. She worked at the hospital, and hoped he’d turn it around.  But, we kind of knew, it was really serious,” said Mrokowski.

Soon after, Mrokowski says her son died, and the family feels like they still don’t really know why.

Mrokowski says she’s now doing all that she can do from her Canby home to seek answers, and is pleading to the public to share anything they know about the attack.

“It would mean a lot to all of us to know,” said Mrokowski. “I know it’s not going to bring him back, nothing is going to, but it would just be to know.”

Bowers was driving a 1996 light teal colored BMW 328 convertible with Oregon license plates at the time of the assault.

Crime stoppers is now offering a $1000 dollar cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

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