In a recent development, the Foxborough Police Department in Massachusetts is moving forward with charging three Rhode Island men related to the death of a New England Patriots fan during a game at the Gillette Stadium. The incident occurred during the September 17th match against the Miami Dolphins.
Dale Mooney, a 53-year-old fan from New Hampshire, was involved in a physical altercation during the game. Preliminary autopsy results have not pinpointed any traumatic injuries but have identified a potential medical issue as the cause of Mooney’s death.
Multiple video angles of the incident, corroborated with witness testimonies, have aided the police in their investigation. According to one fan who captured footage, Mooney engaged with another fan, leading to a physical conflict that eventually saw Mooney lose consciousness.
After the altercation, emergency responders attempted CPR on Mooney at the venue, but he was later pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
The police have applied for criminal complaints against the three individuals, alleging assault and battery and disorderly conduct. These complaints will be reviewed in the upcoming weeks in the Wrentham District Court for a probable-cause hearing.
While the investigation continues, the community has rallied around Mooney’s family. A GoFundMe campaign initiated to support Mooney’s wife, Lisa, and their two children has already raised over $32,000. Additionally, local establishments, such as the Riverworks Restaurant in Mooney’s hometown, Newmarket, have pledged a portion of their proceeds to aid the Mooney family.
Dale Mooney, who had been a dedicated Patriots season ticket holder for nearly three decades, leaves behind a grieving community that remembers him fondly. The comprehensive investigation by Foxborough and State Police is still ongoing.