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Police file charges in death of fan at Patriots game

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A Massachusetts police department is taking steps to file charges against several people in connection with the death of a New England Patriots fan during a home game last month.

In a statement Thursday, Foxborough police said they have filed assault, battery and disorderly conduct charges against three Rhode Island men in connection with the death of Dale Mooney, a 53-year-old Patriots fan from New Hampshire who was involved in a physical altercation with other participants during the team’s Sept. 17 game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

“Detectives were able to review numerous witness interviews and various video footage of the incident as part of the investigation,” Foxborough police said in a statement.

After the incident, several witnesses told the media that a Dolphins fan walked up to Mooney and punched him, and that Mooney never got up again.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, the Foxborough Police Department, in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, has determined that the currently available evidence supports the filing of criminal charges in Wrentham District Court at this time,” police said Thursday.

The department also confirmed that initial autopsy results showed Mooney died of a “medical issue” and not a “traumatic injury,” although further tests are being conducted.

Mooney’s family described him as a lifelong Patriots fan who has had a season ticket for 30 years. He “never had a problem. He is the kindest, gentlest person,” his wife said WCVB TVan ABC News affiliate in Boston, after his death.

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