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Ninety-six-year-old victim of home invasion dies

Levi Clayton, the 96-year-old victim of a violent break-in at his East Side Buffalo home last November,has died.

Police sources Wednesday were not expecting a ruling from the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office until sometime today as to whether Clayton’s death was the result of natural causes or linked to the injuries he suffered in the Nov. 24 attack, in which case it would be classified as a homicide.

An 18-year-old Riverside High School basketball star was arrested earlier this year in connection with the home invasion in which the elderly man was beaten on the head, face and body.

Clayton suffered critical injuries in the attack, including a broken jaw. He was hospitalized for weeks in Erie County Medical Center and later recovered enough to be placed in a long-term health care facility, where he died early Wednesday.

Video from exterior surveillance cameras that were mounted outside Clayton’s Longview Avenue home captured images of three people in the home invasion. The video was later released by the Buffalo Police Department to the media, and it, along with tips from the public, prompted police to arrest Justice Feggans.

Feggans has since been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery as well as two counts of first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $250,000. The two other suspects in the case remain at large.

The crime sparked public outrage and prompted Mayor Byron W. Brown to pay a visit to the hospitalized retired autoworker and World War II veteran while he convalesced.

“Mr. Clayton is certainly a fighter,” said Brown, following his visit with Clayton at ECMC.

“It was terrible to have a member of our community in that position. It was a crime that really captured the attention of our community,” the mayor added.