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Monday, December 12, 2011

Texas A&M-Kingsville pitcher Travis Madden dies in fall

Travis Madden had a bright future at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Inez native and Industrial graduate was a freshman majoring in chemical engineering and had just completed his first season of fall baseball.

But Madden died Sunday morning at the age of 18.

Kingsville police responded to a call just after 9 a.m. found Madden unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell at an apartment complex on the 1400 block of West Santa Gertrudis Street, about a block away from the campus, according to a police department release.

The release said Madden had been dead for several hours… Madden had reportedly left a party off-campus the night before and was walking to his dorm on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. There is no known connection between Madden and the apartment complex where he was found, the release said.

The police department is awaiting the result of an autopsy and the investigation continues.

The District Attorney Posted: December 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: December 13, 2011 at 12:38 AM (#4014569)
#### that's awful. Sympathy to his family.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2011 at 01:27 AM (#4014634)
Ugh. First Bobby Thigpen*, then John Marzano, now this. I say this with no intention of sounding snarky or trying to make light of a terrible situation, but I had no idea stairs were so dangerous.

(* - Thigpen survived. Barely.)
   3. ajnrules Posted: December 13, 2011 at 01:37 AM (#4014642)
And let's not forget Russ Swan.

Such a sad sending to a promising young man. My condolences to the family.
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: December 13, 2011 at 03:13 AM (#4014735)
And, per the Swan link, Joe Decker.
   5. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: December 13, 2011 at 07:46 AM (#4014830)
This saddened me more as a chemical engineer than as a baseball fan. World could use some mire good ChemEs
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 13, 2011 at 08:29 AM (#4014835)
Tony Lazzeri died in a staircase fall at age 42, possibly following a seizure.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: December 28, 2011 at 04:20 AM (#4024191)
And the story gets worse, BTW:
At least four people were injured Wednesday night when a ceiling beam holding light fixtures fell in the main chapel of Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Around 6:35 p.m., the chapel was full with an estimated 500 to 600 mourners who had gathered for a rosary for Travis Madden, the Inez baseball pitcher for Texas A&M University-Kingsville who died Saturday...

Three people struck by the falling beam were taken to local hospitals, he said. One person also suffered injuries, but refused treatment.

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