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Man Charged With Murder After Throwing One Punch

Some men got into an altercation in the early morning hours on Saturday, and one man punched another man. Police came and the man who got punched refused medical help and went home. Police cited the attacker with fifth-degree assault. Later, the injured man was found dead, and the charges became much more serious.

Twenty-one-year-old Travis Johnson and his friends ran into another group of guys, which included 22-year-old Anthony Shriver. The two groups encountered each other near St. Cloud State University in Minnesota at around 2:30 a.m., and exchanged some angry words with each other. It’s unclear if the groups of men knew each other.

Johnson reportedly hit Shriver in the encounter. Shriver got punched once on the side of the head, and Johnson and his friends left the scene.

Shriver and his friends called police and described Johnson. Shriver told cops he had a headache, but there were no visible signs of injury. He refused medical help, and decided to just go home with his friends.

"He talked about having some pain in his head, but we asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital or needed any medical attention and he just said he didn't," reported St. Cloud Police Chief Jeff Oxton.

Police looked around the area, and they quickly found Johnson and his friends still out. They questioned him about the incident, arrested him and brought him to the police station. They cited him for fifth-degree assault, and he was released.

Later that same day, an emergency phone call came in around noon about an unresponsive man. It was Shriver. Emergency responders raced to the scene and attempted to revive the young man, but were unable. He passed away.

According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, Shriver's death was consistent with trauma brought on by a punch. It is believed that he died due to trauma from the assault. Video surveillance of the encounter showed Shriver had been walking away from Johnson when he got sucker-punched on the side of the head.

Johnson got the news that Shriver died from his injuries. On Saturday night, at around 11 p.m., he turned himself in and is being held on charges of second-degree murder.

Shriver's friends started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral. “Anthony (Tony) Quinn Shriver was a loving and loyal son, brother, boyfriend and friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him,” the page said. “He was treasured by many and will be sorely missed.”

It’s a tragic fate for both men. Two men have lost their lives from a single punch. Shriver died much too soon, for no good reason, and that’s the biggest tragedy of all.

On top of that, Johnson, who was also young and had his whole life ahead of him, will have to face some hefty consequences from a stupid impulsive act in a late-night argument over what probably amounts to nothing. Was it really worth it?

Source: New York Post, WJON
Photo: St. Cloud Police Department, KTSP, Newburg Gaette, Fox 9

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