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Emerson College student dies after postgame melee
Boston Herald | Thursday, October 21, 2004 | Associated Press

Posted on 10/21/2004 6:23:13 PM PDT by ninonitti

BOSTON - A 21-year-old college student died Thursday of a head injury suffered in a clash between police officers and a crowd of Red Sox fans who poured into the streets outside Fenway Park to celebrate their team's victory over the New York Yankees.

Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old journalism major at Emerson College, was among 16 people hurt in the Kenmore Square neighborhood early Thursday morning. She died at Brigham and Women's Hospital later in the day.

. A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office would not confirm media reports that she was shot in the head with a beanbag gun used for crowd control.

A police spokeswoman declined to comment.

A man who answered the phone at the home of Snelgrove's parents in East Bridgewater said the family is ``just too distraught to do anything at the present time.''

The man, who identified himself as a family friend, would not reveal what information the family has been given about the circumstances of Snelgrove's death.

``There have been details given but until a lawyer is consulted I can't say anything more,'' he said.

DA spokesman David Procopio said the office is investigating the incident.

``One factor that is being investigated is whether her injuries were sustained in any way during crowd control measures,'' Procopio said. ``That has not been confirmed or determined yet.''

A police officer was among the others injured in the melee, but none of the other injuries were severe.

Several small fires were set, fireworks shot into the sky, a trash can was thrown at a fast-food restaurant sign and numerous fights broke out. Boston police reported eight arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct, though one arrest was for assault and battery on a police officer.

Procopio said the chaotic scene would make it hard to determine exactly how Snelgrove was injured.

``This is an area where there were many people gathered,'' he said. ``Detectives are identifying and interviewing people who may have information as well as analyzing evidence collected from the scene ... we need to develop more information to get a clearer picture of the facts and circumstances.''

Beanbag guns, which shoot a fabric bag filled with lead shot, are widely used by police to disperse unruly crowds.

A Menino spokesman said the mayor's ``heart goes out to the family.''

David Rosen, a spokesman for Emerson College, said school officials were unsure how Snelgrove died.

``There are several different accounts of how it happened,'' he said. ``I'm sure the police and the city will conduct a full investigation, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how it happened. It's a great personal tragedy for this individual, her family and her many friends here at the college. We'll mourn her death no matter how it happened.''

Rosen said a memorial service was being planned and grief counselors would be on hand to help students deal with Snelgrove's death.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: college; dies; donutwatch; emerson; menino; nonlethal; riots; student; weapon
Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ-AM that Snelgrove was hit in the head by a ``non-lethal weapon,'' but he did not elaborate

Unbelievable!

I wonder if this imbecile can get dressed by himself in the morning.

1 posted on 10/21/2004 6:23:13 PM PDT by ninonitti
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To: ninonitti

I posted a similar article about this a couple minutes ago...heard on radio that the weapon may have been one of the crowd control weapons provided to Boston Police for the DNC?


2 posted on 10/21/2004 6:27:00 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ninonitti

How can it be a non-lethal weapon if it killed him??


3 posted on 10/21/2004 6:27:30 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: ninonitti

I have a friend at Emerson. I'll have to ask about it and what further measures are being taken. At BC, the police presence is very noticable during the games.

Here, things were rowdy but not too rowdy...I, of course, didn't have much to celebrate but jeez sometimes people take these things too far.


4 posted on 10/21/2004 6:28:21 PM PDT by GiveEmDubya (Keep fighting like we're 10 points down!)
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To: raccoonradio

Accidents can happen..but police are trained NOT to fire these things at the head..usually its the stomach/chest area they aim at..for the oomph!!!/stun effect...BTW.. I thought they used plastic pellets..NOT lead shot..


5 posted on 10/21/2004 6:29:11 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: raccoonradio
heard on radio that the weapon may have been one of the crowd control weapons provided to Boston Police for the DNC?

What is this country coming to? It seems that you can no longer be safe while participating in rioting, arson and vandalism.....

6 posted on 10/21/2004 6:31:03 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: GeronL

..."her", actually...a 21 yr old woman. The AP/Boston Herald article said it may have been "a beanbag weapon used for crowd control".

Also happening in Kenmore Sq. last night:
(from Boston Globe):
Four people climbed on top of the ''Keep the Faith" 30-foot billboard above the Cask 'n' Flagon. About 10 others attempted to climb the Green Monster on Lansdowne Street. One man fell and was taken away by ambulance.

(Sure, go ahead, climb the Green Monster, dude...
sheesh...I heard some of these "celebrants" were trying to get into Fenway, break into stores, etc.)


7 posted on 10/21/2004 6:47:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Onelifetogive
It seems that you can no longer be safe while participating in rioting, arson and vandalism.....

I can see a day in the not too distant future when some uppity "judge" will even have the termerity to waggle a finger & "tsk!" at someone for kidnap, rape, and murder.

8 posted on 10/21/2004 6:55:39 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: ninonitti
Exactly. Despite what Mayor Tom Menino seems to believe these weapons aren't "non-lethal" as this case clearly demonstrates, merely less lethal than other methods of controlling the crowd... and besides, how else are the police supposed to break up what was by all accounts a destructive riot with the least danger to themselves? Ask them politely to go home?
9 posted on 10/21/2004 7:33:42 PM PDT by Namyak (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Onelifetogive
What is this country coming to? It seems that you can no longer be safe while participating in rioting, arson and vandalism.....

The thing I was pointing out was the statement by Mumbles Menino not about whether this is a justified killing by the BPD.

As for shooting a young woman in the head from what sounds like point blank range with one of these shotguns.....maybe she did have it coming but lets wait and see if she was carrying a deadly 12 oz or 40 oz container first.

10 posted on 10/22/2004 3:32:06 AM PDT by ninonitti
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