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Friends Turn to Social Media to Remember Cascade Township Man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Friends of Greg Barker are turning to social media to remember the 2010 Forest Hills Central Graduate.

“In complete disbelief. RIP Greg Barker,” Marie Burk tweeted.

“Love you man. I will never forget all the good times,” wrote Brett Merill on Facebook.

Grand Rapids police said Barker, 21, died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen which led to internal bleeding. That was Saturday morning around 9:30.

It wasn’t until eight hours after the fight that police were called to Barker’s home in Cascade Township. Barker was suffering medical complications and was rushed to Spectrum Hospital, where he died.

His injuries occurred eight hours earlier when, around 1:10 a.m., two groups had got into an argument near the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. The groups were standing on a sidewalk just north of the B.O.B. when the argument led to a fist fight. Several people chased a man into the B.O.B. parking lot. There was a pile up. Security guards from the B.O.B. broke the groups up. The crowd, including Greg Barker, left before police arrived.

Greg Gilmore, owner of the B.O.B., gave the following account in a statement via text. He  said two buses showed up at different times after midnight. “Most of the groups were denied entry, and they are the ones that caused the problems,” Gilmore said in the statement. “Our security only got involved when they saw one of the groups ganging up on people over by the lot by (TGI) Fridays.”

Gilmore said members of both groups showed up intoxicated.

According to Barker’s Facebook profile, he once attended Central Michigan University. FOX 17 reached out to his family, but they didn’t want to go on camera. However, they’re asking the public for thoughts and prayers to help them get through this tough time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Follow Darren Cunningham on Twitter @darrenfox17 and Facebook.

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6 Comments to “Friends Turn to Social Media to Remember Cascade Township Man”

    Want to Know said:
    October 14, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Tell us more about the "groups" that were denied entry –
    What type of people rent party buses and then start fights ?
    Were they "gangsters", "thugs" "rednecks" or drunk school kids with more money than brains ?
    Local or transient..
    Paint us a picture

      Anonymous said:
      October 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      This is an extremely sad and unfortunate incident. I don't think that anyone who loved this person would appreciate you asking for a picture to be painted. Please try to have a little more empathy.

      Darren Cunningham responded:
      October 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Details of the groups were not made available. However, they were described as intoxicated.

    Guest said:
    October 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Is his age correct? The article says he graduated Forest Hills in 2010 but lists his age as 33.

      Darren Cunningham responded:
      October 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks. I had "21-year-old" previously, but someone edited this article overnight.

    Evonne said:
    October 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    How very sad. Prayers and thoughts to his family and all who loved him.

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