Bellville assault victim dies from injuries

A Belleville man who was severely beaten outside his home on May 16 has died from his injuries.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says Ray Cooley assaulted William Fitzsimmons, 85, in Belleville.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says Ray Cooley assaulted William Fitzsimmons, 85, in Belleville. (6/1/15)

BELLEVILLE - A Belleville man who was severely beaten outside his home on May 16 has died from his injuries.

William Fitzsimmons, 85, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday in the hospital, where he had been since the attack.

Ray Cooley, 25, of Nutley, was arrested and charged with the assault. Police say Cooley broke into Fitzsimmons' home and assaulted him.

According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, charges against Cooley will most likely be upgraded to murder.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A 36-year-old woman was beaten and raped in 1 Woman beaten, raped at gunpoint in Highland Park
Crews battled a large fire at the Marcal 2 Crews battle fire at Marcal Paper building in Elmwood Park
Two Ridgewood firefighters were hurt battling house fire 3 2 firefighters hurt battling house fire in Glen Rock
Choices and Chances: NJ’s Heroin Epidemic 4 Choices and Chances: NJ's Heroin Epidemic
Two Ridgewood firefighters were hurt battling house fire 5 2 firefighters hurt battling house fire in Glen Rock

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE