Clubber Outside Mekka Declines to Bum A Cigarette, Gets Punched In The Head, Dies

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A clubber in downtown Miami died early this morning after a man punched him in the head, apparently in retaliation for not bumming him a cigarette.

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via Miami Police Department
Recognize this grainy figure? Police say he may have punched and killed a man for not lending him a cig.
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Around 5:30 this morning, 26-year-old Lisney Oliveira and a friend were walking outside Club Mekka downtown when a man approached and asked for a smoke, police say.

Oliveira's friend, whom police haven't identified, said they didn't have any cigarettes, and the pair kept walking down NE Second Ave. near Ninth Street.

Then the man approached from behind and punched Oliveira in the back of the head, sending him sprawling to the sidewalk, says Officer Jeffrey Giordano, a Miami PD spokesman.

Oliveira's head slammed into the pavement. Medics took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but he died in the trauma center later this morning.

His death is just the latest violence outside a Miami club, a trend reported on by Natalie O'Neill in a feature last month.

Police are looking for the man in the photo posted above.

A surveillance camera caught him leaving the scene of the crime soon after Oliveira's death, and detectives say he may be a suspect.

If you recognize him or know anything else, call the cops at 305-471-TIPS.

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