Police: Mt. Vernon death probed as possible hate crime

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MOUNT VERNON -

Police in Mount Vernon are investigating the death of a 35-year-old man as a possible hate crime.

Police say Mike Jones had an altercation Tuesday with another person and believe he was either pushed or fell. They say he struck his head on the curb and later died at the hospital.

Gordon Christopher found Jones lying unconscious on the street and called police. 

Jones was described by family and friends as a lovable guy with a heart of gold. 

Police wouldn't say why it's being investigated as a possible hate crime. The mayor says police are working with the FBI and the State Police Hate Crime Unit on the case.

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