Man dies from injuries after a fight outside The B.O.B.

6:20 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The 21-year old man killed in a fight outside the BOB was trying to leave the bar, when he got caught-up in a fight.

Gregory William Barker, 21, died Saturday after being injured outside the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. Barker died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen that led to internal bleeding.

Grand Rapids Police say a group of women on a party bus from the Muskegon area had been turned away for being too drunk.

Around the same time, Barker, his male friend, and two female friends were coming out of the bar.

Lt. Pat Merrill says, "And as they went by, the young ladies were yelling at them and that got the attention of the ladies they were with. Mr. Barker took his girl and shuffled her away, and came back for his friend a couple of times."

The argument continued, until security at the BOB broke it up. It wasn't until the groups were just north of BOB on the sidewalk, that it got physical. Police say Barker's friend felt threatened and tried to punch someone. "Mr. Barker's friend took off. Mr. Barker took off too. Then there was a dog pile. It only lasted 15-25 seconds. Security pulled everybody apart."

Barker was found on the bottom of the pile. His friend helped him get up. Barker then went home to Cascade Township. It wasn't until later that morning that police say he was coughing up blood and his parents called for help. He died at the hospital.

Barker was a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. His Facebook page also says that he attended Central Michigan University.

At this point, police say Barker appears to be an innocent victim in the case. So far, they have not found anyone that intentionally caused him harm. Police are asking anyone with videotape of the fight to please come forward.

Grand Rapids Police Department's Major Case Team is investigating. If you have information about what happened, call the Police Department or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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