Brawl broke out among spectators at a middle school basketball game in northern Vermont
A brawl broke out among spectators at a middle school basketball game in northern Vermont, and a 60-year-old man who participated in the fight died, police said. State troopers were called to the Alburgh Community Education Center just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a large fight involving spectators during a seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans. The fight ended before troopers arrived, and many of the participants had left. Russell Giroux, of Alburgh, sought medical attentionand he was taken by ambulance to the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, where he was pronounced dead. In a message sent to the school community, administrators from the Grand Isle Supervisory Union, which includes Alburgh, said they had arranged for support for students, staff and families. The state police and Grand Isle state’s attorney’s office are investigating Giroux’s death. The state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy. Alburgh is a town of about 2,100 in northwestern Vermont. It is surrounded on three sides by Lake Champlain. The northern part of the community forms part of the border with Canada.