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Police are investigating a death in which no foul play was immediately suspected after a person's body was found early Thursday morning near a downtown restaurant and brewery.
The development prompted the two business - The Brewery LBK and The West Table - to release a joint statement announcing they'd be closed for the evening and expressing their condolences for the person who died as the investigation continues.
Officers responding to a check-subject call at 4:54 a.m. Thursday at Broadway and Avenue K found a person who was pronounced dead on scene, according to Lubbock police.
By 7:45 a.m. Thursday, police still had the intersection blocked off and yellow tape surrounded the entrance to The West Table and The Brewery LBK, with police congregated inside.
Other information, including the person's identity and cause of death, were not immediately available pending an ongoing investigation. But police Cpl. Tony Leal confirmed, "there are no signs of foul play and this is being investigated as a death investigation."
The Brewery LBK and The West Table released a joint statement on social media late Thursday morning.
"The West Table and The Brewery LBK would like to express how deeply saddened we are by the sudden loss of one of our dear friends and patrons," the statement reads. "The Brewery LBK will be closed tonight in consideration of the sensitivity of the situation. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and to the Pioneer Building community, and we appreciate everyone’s mindfulness and respect for the privacy needed to process and mourn the passing."
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Businesses release statement as Lubbock police investigate death