NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating after a clerk was found dead inside the Brooklyn deli where he had been employed for nearly a decade.

As CBS 2’s Sonia Moghe reported Friday, co-workers said they believe someone may have come in through the back of the deli on Stanley Avenue in East New York overnight and killed Hisham Zidan.

Police said the 55-year-old suffered a head injury, 1010 WINS reported.

“They went from inside the basement to the store. They find him in the bathroom,” a store clerk told Moghe. “They were trying to faint him but they hit him really hard and he lost his life.”

The Mohamed family, which owns the deli, said Zidan had been living and working in the U.S. for more than 10 years, and traveled back to his native Jordan, where he had five children.

The family said the security camera system was stolen from inside the store. However, they said police had them watch security footage from a nearby camera.

“All we saw is a person getting out of the door and after a while he gets into a car with another three,” said Akram Mohamed, the store owner’s son.

The medical examiner is expected to release Zidan’s cause of death.

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