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Man found unconscious on North Bailey Ave. in Amherst dies at ECMC

Posted at 9:18 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 17:26:09-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Amherst Police are investigating after a man was found unconscious in the middle of North Bailey Avenue Monday morning, and later died of his injuries.

Police were called to the area just after 6:00 a.m. The man, identified as 43-year-old Charles Durante, was initially taken by ambulance to ECMC for treatment but he was pronounced dead, Monday afternoon.

Durante worked as the licensed funeral director at the John Roberts funeral home, located at the intersection where his body was found. Investigators say he also lived in the apartment above the funeral home where he was employed.

A representative for John E. Roberts Funeral Home issued this statement:
“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss. Charlie was a special person to us and the community. We’re thankful for the Amherst Police Department's prompt response and are cooperating fully with their investigation.”

Police say they have not yet determined what caused Durante's injuries but confirm that he was not hit by a car or shot.

Anyone who witnessed anything is asked to call the Amherst Police Detective Bureau at 689-1322.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates