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Police Say paintball was not cause of Holdren's death
By Bill Mills
March 2002

Recently California resident Gary Holdren died after two weeks in a medically induced coma following a severe head injury.  Several regional newspapers reported that Holdren had been assaulted with paintguns while roller skating, and during the assault fallen off of his skates sustaining the injury (see Holdren Fund for information from the initial reports).

According to a Los Angeles Fox 11 news release of an Associated Press story, Holdren's autopsy report has put the claims of a paintball assult in doubt.  According to the story, the police now say that neither the autopsy report or the testimony of doctors who treated Holdren found evidence that Holdren had been struck with paintballs.  The initial tie in to paintball seems to stem from eyewitnesses telling the police that three boys had been seen firing paintguns in the area where Holdren was found.  

The police still hope to contact these three youths to learn more about what really did happen to Mr. Holdren.  Anyone who may have seen the incident, or know how to contact the youths is encouraged to call the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The staff of would like to extend their condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Holdren in their time of loss.  

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