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Fight during Bay to Breakers race ends in death

Police seek help from runners, onlookers at Bay to Breakers race who may have seen fatal fight By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A man who was severely injured in a fight after San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race last month has died, and police were looking for witnesses may have seen or recorded the argument.

Stephen Martin, 30, of Santa Clara, Calif., was taken off life support on Friday after spending three weeks in a coma.

"As per the doctor's recommendation, we took him off life support Friday morning ' and allowed nature to take its course. Thank you all for your prayers and support," his family said in a statement.

Martin and his friends were standing in the Sharon Meadows area of Golden Gate Park hours after the race when an argument broke out with a group of 12 men and women, police said. A man who may have been wearing a 49ers jersey punched Martin, who was wearing a green wig, police said.

Martin fell, struck his head on the pavement and lost consciousness, police said. He was hospitalized and subsequently put on life support.

Shortly after the attack, police pleaded with anyone who may have taken photos or videos near the area to contact them.

The 12-kilometer race from the city's Financial District to Golden Gate Park is infamous for its wild costumes, nudity and daylong revelry. In recent years, police have cracked down on runners drinking during the competition.

The May 20 race drew more than 40,000 participants, some of whom were dressed as penguins, superheroes and fruit. About 19 people were arrested that day.

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