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Man visiting friends at St. Cloud State dies after alley punch

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police say one punch is all it took to send a 20-year-old Greenfield, Minn., man to his death, but investigators still don't know why he was hit and they hope a $1,000 reward will help them solve the mystery.

Officials say Colton Gleason was visiting friends at St. Cloud State University when a single punch ended his life and launched a murder investigation. Police say Gleason's head hit the pavement after the punch, causing additional trauma.

Detectives say Gleason was walking in an alley with two women at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night when a car carrying five to seven people passed them and parked. Several people soon got out, and one delivered the fatal blow.

The two women were not hurt, but they were only able to give vague descriptions of the suspects to police. Even information about the car is vague, described only as a light-colored, four-door, mid-to-full-sized older car.

Police declined to say where Gleason and his two friends had been that night or where they may have been going, but they do want the people who were responsible to be caught -- and that's why they are asking for the public's help.

"No matter how much or how little information they know, please contact us," urged St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson. "We're dedicating all the resources we have, which is a considerable amount, to getting this case solved."

Police say they believe a tip can help solve the crime that left a Minnesota family devastated and a campus full of students looking over their shoulders, and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The university told FOX 9 News it will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss what they may send out to students regarding the incident.

Gleason was studying business at Mankato State University, and his father said he was an amazing young man who had lots of friends and was adored by his family.

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