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4 hurt when beam falls during rosary for 18-year-old at funeral home

Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.

Foul play not suspected

KINGSVILLE - Police do not suspect foul play in the death of Travis Madden, who was found dead in the stairwell of an off-campus apartment complex, according to an Associated Press report.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Steve Tallant has said it appears that Madden stumbled and fell to his death.

A medical examiner said Tuesday that an official cause of death and toxicology results are pending, but that Madden had head injuries.

Police are investigating reports that he went to an off-campus party and was walking back to his dormitory.

Lt. Julian Cavazos said police are trying to determine why Madden was at the apartment complex, which is not where the party was held.

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.

The beam was 25 to 30 feet long and was constructed with 2 inch-by-6 inch and 1-inch-by-6-inch lumber. The beam was not part of the support structure of the building at 3304 East Mockingbird Lane, said Roger Hempel, Victoria Fire Department battalion chief.

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

Their names were not available Wednesday night.

Kenneth Griffin, 54, of Victoria, said he attempted to brace the beam as it was falling. He suffered an injury on his right hand.

The chapel was evacuated, and the service was moved outdoors.

The chapel was shut down until repairs are made, Hempel said.

Funeral directors declined to comment.



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