Thursday, December 2, 2010

Brian Euston's death ruled a homicide, the 96th in KCMO; Mom speaks out (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:07 PM

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Brian Euston died

Tuesday.

Update: Euston's mom tells Plog she gets the sense police are getting closer to breaking the case. Update below the original item.

Original story: Brian Euston's death has officially been ruled a homicide by the Jackson County Medical Examiner.

Euston is the 24-year-old who was found with a head injury

at Mill Street and Westport Road in mid-October. Euston's friends told police that they were all

at Kelly's earlier

on a Sunday morning and left between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Euston stayed

behind,

and none of his friends were with him when he was injured.



Surveillance video didn't show whether there was an assault.

Whatever

happened to Euston, he suffered head trauma and cuts on his

mouth and left shin. Blood covered his shirt and jeans but his wallet

and phone were still with him when he was discovered. 

A police

report says Euston was unconscious, hooked to a ventilator and had

"medical tubing coming out of the top right side of his head" when

police showed up at Truman Medical Center to check on him. He was also

immobilized to prevent further spinal injury, the report says. Euston died October 12.

Westport

and Mill is a heavily trafficked area and 2:30 is still a busy time

with people emptying out of the bars. So if

you know something, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Update: Although the ruling was made yesterday, Euston's parents learned about it not long before the story broke, his mother, Kathy, tells The Pitch. She says the family is holding a press conference tonight at 7 p.m., at the site of the memorial, to discuss the ruling and call for more information.

Though she doesn't have much info, she gets the sense the police have made progress in their investigation. But she maintains that with a little help from Westport's security team, the case could have already been solved.

"Westpoprt seecurity did not call

police for 10 hours," she says. "We wouldn't be here if they would have called the police."

In fact, she says, without the persistence of her brother, a cop, there may not have been an investigation at all.

"If my brother hadn't walked out of that hospital room and said there was no way this is an accident, it probably would have been ruled an

accident," she says. "And he'd be buried and that would be that, and somebody goes

free on the streets while our son is dead and gone."

"We're almost numb to this by now," she adds. "Do we go to America's Pub and hand out fliers at 1:30 in the morning when I'm

53-years-old?"

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