Vermont police said they were investigating the death of a man following a fight at a middle school basketball game Tuesday night.
Provincial Police have raided Albara on Champlain Street in Albara due to a report of a mass fight involving multiple spectators during a seventh and eighth grade men’s basketball game between Albara and St. Albans. The Community Education Center said it was called shortly before 7:00 pm on Tuesday.
The fighting ended before state police arrived and some of the people involved had already left the school.
One of them, 60-year-old Russell Giraud of Alburg, was later seen by doctors and taken by ambulance to the Northwestern Medical Center in St Albans, where he was pronounced dead. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation, according to state police.
Jay Nichols, executive director of the Vermont Association of Principals, said in a statement that the group that oversees school sports in the state had no information about the event beyond what officials provided.
“While I cannot speak specifically to the events of this individual game, I would like to reiterate that middle school and high school sports are educational and benefit student-athletes.” , you may be banned from attending the event and may be subject to criminal liability.”
Grand Isle Supervisory Union superintendents, including Alburgh, did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Albara is a town of approximately 2,000 people located in northwestern Vermont near the Canadian-New York border.
The Chief Coroner’s Office in Burlington plans to conduct an autopsy in the next few days to determine the cause and manner of Giroud’s death.
No further details regarding the incident have been released. State Police said the investigation was still in the “early stages” and that Grand He was working with the Isle County State Attorney’s Office on the case.
State police said they were considering interviewing anyone with information about the fight, including those involved, and called 802-524-5993 or https://vsp.vermont.gov. Asked to leave an anonymous tip online at /tipsubmit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.