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The Baltimore Sun

An investigation into the beating death of a young Eastern Shore man early yesterday in Berlin continues, with authorities interviewing people of interest in the killing, a spokesman for the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation said.

Sgt. Timothy Keen, the spokesman, said no charges have been placed in the death of Michael Mitchell, 19, of Berlin.

Mitchell was beaten with an unknown object about 4:30 a.m. at President Circle and Dueling Road, in the Decatur Farms community of the town, during a fight that erupted while several young people celebrated graduating from high school, Keen said. He said the fight did not occur at a graduation party.

Keen said Mitchell was not a 2008 graduate but was among several others celebrating and going from one place to another when a group of young people got out of a vehicle and a fight broke out at the intersection.

Keen said Mitchell was beaten with an object and died a short time later at Atlantic General Hospital, where a second person was taken for treatment and released.

Keen said the death is being investigated by a joint criminal task force that includes the state police, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and other local police agencies.

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