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2 men sought in death of spectator at Angels game

April 09, 2009|Christopher Goffard

Police are searching for two men who may have been involved in a fight in the right-field bleachers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on opening day that led to the death of a Buena Park man.

About 8:45 p.m. Monday, as crowds were leaving the stadium after the Angels' opening-day game against the Oakland Athletics, witnesses saw 27-year-old Brian Powers fighting with another man near a stairwell in the right-field pavilion, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

During the fight, witnesses said, a third man approached Powers from behind and punched him in the head, causing him to fall and strike his head on a concrete step. Powers was rushed to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was pronounced brain dead about midnight Tuesday, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

"We're asking the public's help to find out what the fight was about," Martinez said.

The suspects fled before police arrived. Police are reviewing security videos that may have captured the attack.

Witnesses are asked to call Anaheim police at (714) 765-1944.

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christopher.goffard @latimes.com

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