Vermont State Police started investigating a 60-year-old man’s death at a middle school basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans on Tuesday night.
According to the Vermont State Police, several spectators also have an involvement in the death of the man. Police officers were spotted at Champlain Street following a report from Alburg Community Education Center that came at around 6:56 p.m.
A brawl was broken up during the game between Alburg and St. Albans seventh-eight grade boys. Spectators from the gallery intervene and the fight became aggravative.
As per the reports, the Police officers responded to a call from the Education Center. Involved spectators in the incident almost left the scene before the officers arrive.
What Actually Happened To That Man?
A 60-year-old man named Russel Giroux of Alburg was included in the fight and needed emergency medical care.
Giroux left the school after the fight was over and drove his car in the direction of his home. Later he stopped the vehicle and called the first responders for asking help.
Giroux was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for medical attention. Police confirmed his death at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
Further details about his involvement in the fight and how he was injured are not revealed. In the circumstance of an unclear cause of death, Giroux’s body was handover to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to perform an autopsy examination.
Officials remarked the reason for the brawl is still unclear. The school officials have said their dismay at the incident and mentioned the better behavior they expected from community members.
St. Albans City said they expect better from their communities. Fighting and violence are completely conflicting with the behavior they aspire to and support. They have always aimed for a positive and model learning environment in their school and conducted events for their students.
Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives was assigned to the case. The cause of death is listed under further investigation.
Several videos of the incident have spread over. It showed two basketball players actively participating in the brawl with a number of adults. Some of the parents came and pulled their children from the fight. The fighters attacked someone who lay on the ground. Details of the lying one are unclear.
Further information regarding the case will be provided by the officials as a result of the investigation.
Vermont State Police also said that anyone related to the fight or knows something about it can contact the officials by making a call to Saint Alban’s Barracks at 802-524-5993. And people can also give anonymous tips to the officials through Official Vermont Government Website.
Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Isle Supervisory Union released a statement about the incident and wrote that
‘It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you that there was a physical altercation between multiple adults in attendance at last night’s Middle School basketball game between Alburgh Community Education Center and St. Albans City Schools”
The Grand Isle Supervisory Union remarked that their immediate aim is to remind and educate their students and families that their school culture is one of family, community, and also kindness.
They just need the students must always be bothered about the positive culture. They demand their students and community to commit to the positive culture that their school community deserves and expects from them.