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Buffalo Bills: Fan Who Died Outside Stadium Had Been Ejected for Disorderliness

November 20th, 2012 at 7:35 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills confirmed Tuesday a fan who died outside Ralph Wilson Stadium last week had been ejected from a game for rowdiness, but whether alcohol or anything else factored into his death is still not certain.

David Gerken Jr., 26, of Palmyra, N.Y., was found dead early Friday in a creek outside the stadium. He'd been in attendance at Thursday's primetime win over the Miami Dolphins but was thrown out of the stadium and never met up with friends after the game.

'Inside Ralph Wilson stadium 1' photo (c) 2010, mark.watmough - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Bills released a statement Tuesday confirming his ejection. The team did not specify whether he'd been drinking at the game or what he did to warrant the ejection:

"Arrests and ejections are routine aspects of our game day security procedures. While we do our best to control rowdy behavior, we are compelled to turn away some fans at the gate, eject some fans from the stadium for various offenses, and in extreme situations, arrest fans for criminal conduct.

"In this instance, we can confirm that Mr. Gerken was ejected from the stadium for disorderly conduct at approximately 9:55 p.m. Disorderly conduct includes various forms of misbehavior. We continue to review the circumstances surrounding this particular ejection. Mr. Gerken was one of 94 fans ejected from that game. Our review of this incident is ongoing, and we continue to cooperate with law enforcement during its investigation."

Orchard Park Police have tentatively ruled Gerken's death an accidental drowning. He was at the game to root for the Dolphins.

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