SACRAMENTO - Police are looking for the meninvolved in a midtown fightthat claimed the life of a 28-year-old man.

The attack happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the area of 18th and P streets in Sacramento.

According to the victim's friends, Josiah Humphreys was walking home alone from a nearby bar. He was half a block from his apartment when he was assaulted bythree men.

One witness, who did not want to be identified said, "I saw this man getting beaten to death unrelentlessly in a savage manner. It was heinous and horrible."

The man said he initially thought it was a gang "jump-in" and didn't want to get involved because he was afraid for his own life.

"I can still hear the 'crack, crack, crack,' as I continue to walk down the street," said the witness.

The witness said the menthen took off on foot.

"Apparently, they didn't seem bothered by it. They had no remorse.They walked away going, 'that will show him,'"the witness said.

Anotherwitness called 911 for help. When police arrived, they found people administering CPR to a beaten and bloodyHumphreys.

Humphreys was transported to an areahospital with traumatic head injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

Friends saidHumphreys had a great sense of humor, loved cowboy hats and Star Trek, and was very much "a man for others."

Nearby residents were wary after the attack.

"This is a very populated street right here, this block, with people going to the Zebra Club, people going to a bunch of places down here," said resident Julian Castano.

"It's horrible," said Janet Tozzi.

"It's shocking to know that something like this happened. It is a safe area," said neighbor Ana Hernandez. She stopped by to drop off and light a candle at a growing tribute for the victim.

Police were reviewing surveillance video from the area, but they still need the public's help to find the three assailants.

"This was not a drunken brawl," said the witness. "This was a flat-out assault on an innocent victim."

Police don't believe the beating death was gang-related, but someresidents said the men were not from the neighborhood.

The witness said, "[It's based on] their manner of dress. You would notice around here if you sawthree guys standing around in an oversized shirt."

The motive for the attack wasn't known. Police askedanyone with information to call the Sacramento Police Department. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a reward up to a $1,000.

"What we are asking is that the three subjects come forward, and let us know what happened. We need to talk to them," said departmentOfficer spokeswoman Michele Gigante."We believe there may be others out there who saw the fight and didn't realize it turned out to be fatal."

Reporter Suzanne Phan contributed to this story,
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