Third homeless man died after being attacked and burned in San Diego

San Diego's Metro Arson Strike Team and SDPD homicide team gather evidence from the sidewalk and grassy area where a homeless person was attacked in downtown San Diego early Wednesday morning, July 6, 2016. It is the fourth attack on homeless men in San Diego in four days, two of which resulted in death. (John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) – San Diego police say a man injured during a series of attacks on homeless men in the city has now died – bringing the death toll to three.

Police said 23-year-old Dionicio Derek Vahidy died at a hospital on Sunday. He was attacked and burned on Wednesday, and authorities had not expected him to survive.

Police say Vahidy was from San Diego and was homeless.

He was the last of the men attacked. Two other men were killed, and a third was severely injured. Most of the men were sleeping when they were attacked, and some were set on fire.

On Thursday, 36-year-old Anthony Padgett was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson in the attacks.

It’s not clear if he has hired an attorney.

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