Police looking to charge three Rhode Island men in death of Patriots fan at Gillette Stadium

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - On Thursday, October 11th, authorities with the Foxborough Police Department (FPD) announced that they are seeking charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct against three Rhode Island men.

The three men, whose names have not yet been released, could be facing these charges as they relate to the death of a fan at Gillette Stadium during a New England Patriots game on September 17th. 

Massachusetts State Police stated that Dale Mooney, 53, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, was pronounced dead at a hospital after he had an "apparent medical event" in the 308/309 section of the football stadium shortly before 11:00 p.m.

Witnesses within the section stated that a fight broke out just prior to the man's death. In a news release, FPD said that the cause and manner of Mooney's death remain pending, noting that preliminary autopsy results did not suggest that the suffered a traumatic injury and did identify that he had a medical issue.

Prior to the charges being announced, detectives reportedly interviewed witnesses and reviewed videos that captured the incident. Police said that a member of the Wrentham District Court Clerk Magistrate Office will review the request for charges at an upcoming hearing. At that point, the three men's identities will become public.

Video from a cellphone shared by a person at the game shows security rushing down to break up the fight and paramedics attending to Mooney. That person said that they saw one punch that was "really hard on the side of the head" that knocked Mooney down. 

One witness said, "They were doing compressions by my estimation for easily 10 minutes. It was pretty heartbreaking and the game was still going on so the general public clearly knew what was going on in our section so the game was going on, people are cheering for the Patriots comeback, and this poor guy has passed away before our eyes. It was pretty brutal to watch."

Officials from the Patriots and Gillette Stadium said they were "heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Dale Mooney," noting that they were working with authorities during the investigation.

Mooney was a season ticket holder for nearly 30 years. His wife, Lisa Mooney said that he was a loving husband and father to their two boys as well as a longtime Patriots fan who had been going to Gillette Stadium to support the team for multiple years without incident. 

On day after the incident, his wife said, "Numb. I just feel numb. I just can't even believe this is for real." She added, "I want to know what happened. What caused this?"
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