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Jackson homeless man in coma after beating

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

New details are emerging in the brutal beating of a Jackson homeless man.

Madison Miller says someone found her father, 50-year-old Donald Miller, lying in the street around 2:30 Saturday morning. He was taken off life support at the University of Mississippi Medical Center but remains in a coma. Doctors say he isn't making any improvements.

"We made the decision, me and my sister, because he has been suffering these last years walking the streets and I think it's best for him, he needs to just be at peace with the good Lord," says Morgan Miller, Donald Miller's son.

Miller suffered severe injuries to his face, head and neck. His daughter says bullet fragments were also found inside him, but's unclear if they're from Saturday's assault.

Donald Miller's children, 23-year-old Morgan and 19-year-old Madison, say this is a hard time for them. They knew their father when they were very young, but they believe drugs took the best of him.

Madison Miller says her dad had been living on the streets of Jackson for about 11 years, and she had seen him in eight months.

"I had a lot of contact with him. Every chance I would get I would want to hang out with him," says Morgan Miller.

Miller's children say for years they continued to offer support and help.

"He would just tell us that he didn't want it, nothing was wrong with him," Morgan Miller said. "I love my dad. I think of him everyday even when I wasn't around him. And for some people out here to say we didn't try to help we were at school still living at home. And like I said when we would try and help, he didn't want it."

Donald Miller spent a lot of time at Stewpot Community Services in Jackson.

Executive Director at Stewpot Frank Spencer says Donald Miller has been coming to the food kitchen for about six months.

"Don is extremely feeble and walks with great difficulty. I can't even imagine him lifting his arms to defend himself," Spencer said.

Spencer says Miller isn't the only victim.

"We probably have someone who has been attacked every third day. It's a very frequent occurrence for people to be attacked on the street. Anytime you are alone you are vulnerable. It's a sad condition," Spencer said.

Madison wants any witnesses to come forward.

"That someone's gonna come forward and say something and help our family out with what's going on. Any information would help at this point in time," she says. "He didn't have no money or no clothes, no place to stay or nothing to steal, so what did they possibly need from him, want from him, what did he do?"

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 601-355-TIPS. 

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