On Tuesday, a 60-year-old man died after a major fight broke out among spectators at a middle school basketball game in Vermont.
During a seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ basketball game at the Alburgh Community Education Center, spectators rushed to the center of the court and began fighting. The physical altercation caused state troopers to be called to the scene just before 7 pm after reports of a large fight were called in.
A video of the violent incident was taken by someone in the stands, and even some children can be seen trying to break into the fight as parents are seen trying to push them away.
A man dies after a brawl breaks out during a middle school basketball game in Vermont. No words! pic.twitter.com/mZAECuxduR
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It is unclear what caused the fight and who was on the floor, but the aftermath is clear. 60-year-old Russel Giroux required medical attention after the fight, and he later died at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
Police have not revealed his cause of death, as it is being investigated by state police and the Grand Isle State’s Attorney’s Office.
The Vermont State Police released a statement, saying, “The circumstances of his death are under active investigation. Mr. Giroux’s body will be brought to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.”
Grand Isle State’s Attorney Doug DiSabito is working with state police as they gather video footage and information on the incident.
“In some respects, I’m at a loss for words,” said DiSabito. “This should never happen… And it’s because of adults and I’m sad for my community.”
The Grand Isle Supervisory Union released a statement about the fight on Wednesday afternoon that said: “It is with a heavy heart that I write 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.”
“Our immediate goal is to remind and educate our students and families that our school culture is one of family, community, and kindness,” the statement continued. “We need our students and community to commit to the positive culture that our school community expects and deserves.”