if the random act of violence against the runner near gracie mansion this weekend here in nyc wasn't sad enough, now we learn that a soldier has died in the wake a bar fight in steamboat springs, colorado. the fight was triggered because he and his friends decided to play jimmy buffett's "margaritaville" on the jukebox over the objections of some other bar patrons!
when i read this, i honestly couldn't believe it was true. there had to be more to this senseless tragedy than just the headline account. apparently not, as the initial news report, relates:
The incident occurred before 12:15 a.m. Friday when police were called to a fight between five people outside the Tap House.
"The initial disagreement was about music being played on the jukebox," said [police captain] Rae, adding that it was a Jimmy Buffet song.
"Richard Lopez and two other individuals put on the song, but two other individuals did not agree with it."
It was not known which Jimmy Buffett song was being played at the time, but the fight was taken outside the bar.
By the time officers arrived on scene, the fight was over and Lopez was on the ground at Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.
Two of Lopez's friends, who were not identified by police but are from Steamboat Springs, also were injured in the fight.
Lopez initially was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center but later was flown to Denver Health Medical Center.
subsequent reports provided more information, including background on lopez and the music that triggered the violence.
lopez died from the wounds he sustained early this monday morning.