Update: Euston's mom tells Plog she gets the sense police are getting closer to breaking the case. Update below the original item.
Brian Euston died
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
and none of his friends were with him when he was injured.
Surveillance video didn't show whether there was an assault.
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.
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.
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