FOXBORO – The demise of a Patriots fan throughout a recreation at Gillette Stadium on Sunday is underneath investigation by State Police and the Norfolk District Legal professional’s workplace. The person who died has been recognized as 53-year-old Dale Mooney of Newmarket, New Hampshire.
Mooney’s spouse mentioned he was an awesome dad with a giant coronary heart and would not do something to harm anybody.
A witness mentioned taunting between followers abruptly turned violent. “It’s unhappy and unlucky,” mentioned witness Joe Kilmartin.
Mooney, a father of two sons and lifelong Patriots fan died after an incident on the place he liked to cheer on his staff.
Officers say the season ticket holder had a “medical incident”, however witnesses say it began with a battle.
“It was type of rowdy since you do not understand that any person is about to die,” Kilmartin mentioned.
The Pats have been attempting to make a comeback within the fourth quarter, when witnesses say the sufferer and a Miami Dolphins fan had been exchanging phrases just a few rows behind them in a 300s part.
“By the fourth quarter it had simply type of come to blows,” Kilmartin mentioned.
Joe Kilmartin says he recorded video of some verbal confrontations then the sufferer is violently knocked unconscious. The video is simply too graphic to point out.
“Then you definitely noticed a fan ship two punches to the sufferer, a Dolphins fan, he was carrying a Dolphins jersey, and the sufferer simply type of slumped over at that time in his seat,” Kilmartin mentioned.
One other witness, who didn’t need to be recognized, additionally described an altercation.
“At one level one got here all the way down to the opposite one’s row and it bought extra bodily, simply pushing and shoving, grabbing jerseys or no matter, however I solely noticed one punch, however I undoubtedly noticed the punch and the gentleman was knocked out in a single punch, it was a reasonably vicious punch,” the witness mentioned.
No less than three first responders tried to revive him for 10 minutes.
“Normally after 30 seconds they are going to get up and he simply did not transfer and about two minutes glided by and I feel that is when everybody found out that there was a difficulty,” Kilmartin mentioned.
Dale Mooney was rushed to an Attleboro hospital, however he was pronounced lifeless.
“He type of seemed lifeless leaving, it was undoubtedly unhappy, no one goes to the sport to witness a battle like that,” Kilmartin mentioned.
Massachusetts State Police mentioned investigators are trying into “info and circumstances of the person’s demise, together with the sequence of occasions previous to the medical incident.”
An post-mortem is predicted to be carried out to find out Mooney’s explanation for demise. No expenses have been filed.
“It is such a mindless approach and it may have been prevented by all events,” Kilmartin mentioned.