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THORNTON, Colo. — Police in Colorado say a 16-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car then beaten by its occupants.

Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes says a house party spilled into a street about 1:26 a.m. Monday, when the teenager was struck by the car. Barnes says people in the car began beating the boy and others around him.

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The teenager later died from injuries to his head and upper body.

Barnes says police are trying to determine whether a dispute at the party triggered the beating.

The boy’s name is being withheld until his relatives are notified.

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