Man Beaten to Death Outside of Iconic Philadelphia Cheesesteak Shop by Group of Soccer Fans

Police said a man was beaten to death near Pat's Kings of Steaks in South Philadelphia early Thursday morning, after an argument involving a group of soccer fans escalated.

Police said they responded to a call about a "person screaming" on East Passyunk Avenue around 2 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, police officers "observed an unresponsive male victim on the highway, suffering from head trauma." Two other assault victims had minor injuries and were transported to the hospital.

In an email to Newsweek, the Philadelphia Police Department said the preliminary investigation indicated the victims attended a soccer game in Chester, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, and that after, they went to Pat's King of Steaks.

The victim who was killed, a 28-year-old man, his father and a friend, "were verbally arguing with four (4) males wearing yellow soccer jerseys with Club America written across the shirt," police wrote.

"After the argument, the group of four physically assaulted the decedent by punching, kicking, and striking the decedent with a trash can metal lid," Philadelphia police said.

Police said they could not release the name of the victim of the attack at this time and that the investigation into the incident is still active. The group also assaulted the victim's father, and a third victim, a 28-year-old male. The other victims are currently at the hospital in stable condition.

Man Beaten To Death Outside Cheesesteak Shop
Police said a man was beaten to death near Pat's Kings of Steaks in South Philadelphia early Thursday morning, after an argument involving a group of soccer fans escalated. Above, police tape blocks a street where a person was recently shot in a drug related event in Kensington on July 19, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spencer Platt

Police said alcohol was likely involved in the the fight.

"Sometimes when alcohol is involved, there are fights. We've been here in the past for fights," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Normally, these are well-run businesses that are quite safe. People just come here for a good steak sandwich. However, every once in a while, you get a fight that escalates into violence," he added.

The owner of the cheesesteak shop, Frank Olivieri told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the altercation was "just mayhem" after he reviewed security footage of the brawl.

"People, not only in Philadelphia but in other places, when it comes to sports are crazy. Crazy loyal," Olivieri said. "I guess if you're out late at night, and you're heated about your sports team, things get out of control."

"People don't know how to talk anymore," he added, "There's no app to stop a fight."

In July, a man was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting outside Pat's King of Steaks. Police said the man, 22-year-old David Padro, was killed after a fight broke out following an argument over a parking spot, WPVI reported at the time.