Family still fighting for killed son's name

April 12, 2017 06:34 PM

CLIFTON PARK -- More than five years after Shen grad and Army veteran Pat Casey was killed in Washington D.C., his parents are still fighting for his name.  His parents say the blame was put on their son after he was killed outside of a McDonalds. No one was ever charged.

Paul and Gail Casey know the surveillance video showing the final moments of their sons life frame by frame.

Since their son died after being punched in the head back in September 2011, they've been collecting evidence they say proves their son wasn't to blame.

Pat Casey's death was initially ruled justifiable, in defense of another.

"They gave us pieces of the puzzle. They don't fit. We have to find out what the true pieces are," said Gail Casey.  

At the Caseys' Clifton Park house, Pat's RPI jersey still hasn't been hung yet. He played linebacker there after going to Shen. Then at 28, he joined the Army and was sent to Afghanistan.

In September 2011, he was in Washington D.C. at George Washington working on a masters degree. He met a couple friends out at McDonald's that night. Minutes after sitting down at the restaurant, the 6'4" retired Army Sergeant was outside bleeding after a punch to the back of the head.

"6:30 in the morning the phone rings. This is a phone call we waited the whole year while Pat was deployed," said Gail.

Pat was dead days later.

There's no video of the actual incident, but the Casey's say three men horsing around in the McDonalds video were the ones who started a fight and then sucker punched Pat outside the restaurant.

After collecting interviews and reviewing video in a way they say the police failed to do, the Caseys filed suit against all three of the men. Two of those lawsuits were resolved, the third was let out.

Now, its on to the McDonald's franchise, which other videos show was often a scene of fights. The Caseys say the restaurant had an obligation to provide security and to call the police.

"We feel if there was security there at that time, our son Patrick would still be alive. When he was struck outside, 911 was called and the police were there within 73 seconds," said Gail.

Washington D.C.'s prosecutor eventually changed the status of the death investigation from defense of another to insufficient evidence. Now, the Casey's want police to be more thorough this time.

"They only looked at information that supported the conclusion they had reached," said Paul.


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