A 60-year-old man died after a violent fight between fans at a middle school basketball game in Vermont on Tuesday.
State troopers arrived at the Alberg Community Education Center just before 7 p.m., after receiving reports of a large fight involving fans watching seventh- and eighth-grade boys from Alberg and St. Albans play basketball.
One man involved in the fight, 60-year-old Russell Giroux, of Aalborg, required medical attention after the fight, police said.
Giroux was taken to Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, where he later died. Police did not say how he was injured in the scuffle.
Giroux’s death is being investigated by state police and the Grand Isle State’s Attorney’s Office. The Vermont Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy.
Great fight video made, Shared by NBC 5.shows both adults and children wrestling on a basketball court.
Some parents appear to pull children away when small physical altercations begin, some adults tackle each other to the ground. It is unclear who is on the ground and what initially caused the explosion.
Grand Isle Supervisory Union issued a statement about the incident. Wednesday afternoon, writing: “It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to you that a physical altercation occurred between several adults attending last night’s middle school basketball game between the Alberg Community Education Center and St. Albans City Schools. “
The statement continued: “Our immediate goal is to remind and teach our students and families that our school culture is one of family, community, and kindness. We need our students and community to commit to a positive culture.” That is what our school community expects and deserves.
Albergue, a town in northwestern Vermont surrounded on three sides by Lake Champlain, has a population of about 2,100.