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Man found badly beaten in SE Portland in January dies


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is dead six weeks after he was found badly beaten and left on the street for hours in Southeast Portland.

Cody Denney, 25, was found at SE 92nd and Knapp on Jan. 25 and has been on life support ever since.

Undated photos of Cody Denney. (Courtesy of Nicole Riggs) 

Since that day, his mother Toni Burton has hoped her son would open his eyes again. That dream ended Friday when Denney died after a week in hospice care.

“For it to come to this — it’s surreal,” Burton said. “You stole a beautiful life away from so many people. From him, from his family, from all of his friends. I just feel like the world is a little bit darker now.”

Denney had been at a friend’s house and started to walk home around 1 a.m. on Jan. 25 but he never made it.

Burton told KOIN 6 News he was left with his face in a puddle and had been without oxygen for hours. 

“The fact that he was left there for so long without oxygen is what did this to him,” Burton said. “If he would’ve been found earlier it wouldn’t have happened. They just left him there.”

Someone driving by found Denney around 8 a.m. but his wallet, around $200 and his phone were missing. Police didn’t even know who he was at first and released a sketch and description of his distinctive tattoos to identify him.

Burton said MRIs showed he’d had multiple strokes and was later pronounced brain dead. 

“It is the worst to have something like this happen and to have no idea how it happened why it happened, who did it,” Burton said. “It makes me angry and frustrating and it just breaks my heart for Cody that he had to go through this.”

Burton also raised questions about where he was found, which is a different direction than he would have been walking to get home. 

“I’m hurt, I’m angry and I just want whoever did this to have to take responsibility for this,” Burton told KOIN 6 News. “Cody deserves justice. He never deserved anything like this.” 

While they wait for answers, Denney’s family holds on to memories of their son and brother, who they say was always there to help.

“With a great heart,” Burton said. “I will remember that the most, how big his heart was.”

There will be a celebration of Cody’s life at Eagle Eye Bar at 7:30 p.m. on March 23. There will be karaoke tributes to Cody and 10% of liquor sales will be donated to the family.

Anyone with information about the case should call Portland police at 503.823.3333. 

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