Lehigh County man dies after assault in Ocean City, Maryland

Local man killed in Md.

A Lehigh County man has died after police said he was assaulted in Ocean City, Maryland.

Police were dispatched around 3:20 a.m. Sunday to 109 N. Atlantic Ave. for the report of an assault.

Officers found Justin Cancelliere unresponsive in the parking lot of the Plim Plaza Hotel, police said.

Cancelliere, a 37-year-old husband and father of two young children from North Whitehall Township, later died at Atlantic General Hospital.

Cancelliere's family declined to talk Monday about his death, but family friends said he headed to Ocean City to take his mind off his grandmother's recent funeral.

"I just wanted to drop to my knees 'cause [I] have been friends with him for quite a while," said Bob Billings, who lowered his flag to half-staff in Cancelliere's honor. "This guy was awesome, was just personable, loved his family dearly."

At this point, it's still unclear what exactly happened, but Billings said, no matter what the facts bear, this was a senseless killing.

"I have no words for it because, like I said, he was a good man and there is no reason why he had to die," Billings said.

Cancelliere's children are set to start kindergarten and third grade.