Police investigating death of St. Paul man attacked at Checkerboard Pizza

St. Paul Police confirmed today that they're investigating the death of 34-year-old Nicholas James Keilen of St. Paul.

Keilen died over the weekend and police were notified of the man's death Monday morning.

Police are investigating a June 5 attack that apparently left Keilen with severe brain and organ damage.

St. Paul Police spokesperson Howie Padilla confirmed that between 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 and 1 a.m. on Friday, June 6, Keilen was assaulted at Checkerboard Pizza, 992 Arcade St.

Keilen was hospitalized following the attack, Padilla said.

Due to the hospitalization, "police had been unable to speak directly with the victim," he added.

Padilla said police are "working with the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of his death."

Police are waiting for the medical examiner's office before any connection between the assault and the man's death is made.

Keilen's father, Gerhard Keilen, said he was unable to comment on the incident at this time -- he said police asked him not to speak on the matter, as the investigation is ongoing.

According to a Facebook post from a friend or family member, Keilen suffered brain and organ damage following the attack. 

Staff at Checkerboard Pizza could not be reached for comment.

Police encourage anyone with additional information about the incident to call in tips to 651-266-5650.

-- Patrick Larkin


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