Authorities are awaiting a toxicology report to learn the cause of death of a Alburgh man who took part in a fight Tuesday during a middle school basketball game
Police said Russell Giroux, 60, of Alburgh, was on his way home after the brawl when he called for medical help. He was taken by ambulance to the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, where he was pronounced dead.
The results of an autopsy performed Wednesday are “pending further investigation,” including toxicology testing, police said.
Troopers were called to the Alburgh Community Education Center just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a large fight involving spectators during a seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans.
The fight ended before troopers arrived, and many of the participants had left, including Giroux.
According to police, Giroux appeared to headed home when he stopped his car and called first responders, who transported him to the hospital, where he died.
Police say troopers have interviewed participants in the fight and spectators at the game, and reviewed video footage.
Jay Nichols, the executive director of The Vermont Principals’ Association, said in a statement that the group, which oversees school sports in the state, had no information about the event beyond what the authorities provided.
“Although we can not speak specifically about the events at this individual game, we would like to once again emphasize that middle and high school sports are educational and are for the benefit of the student-athletes,” he said. “Spectators that cannot behave appropriately can be barred from events and can face criminal charges.”
In a message sent to the school community, administrators from the Grand Isle Supervisory Union, which includes Alburgh, said they had arranged for support for students, staff and families.
“Our immediate goal is to remind and educate our students and families that our school culture is one of family, community, and kindness,” the message said. “We need our students and community to commit to the positive culture that our school community expects and deserves.”
The investigation continues, and they ask that anyone with information to call the Vermont State Police barracks in St. Albans at 802-524-5993. People also can submit anonymous tips online athttps://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report