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UPDATE: Clifton Park man, an Army veteran and student, dies after fight in Washington

A George Washington University graduate student from Clifton park who served in Afghanistan has died

A George Washington University graduate student who served in Afghanistan has died following a confrontation outside a fast-food restaurant in Washington.

Family members say Patrick Casey, a 33-year-old native of Clifton Park, died from head injuries Tuesday. He had been injured while trying to break up a fight among three people outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Friday.

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Casey joined the U.S. Army when he was 28, and was later sent to Afghanistan. He had moved to Washington this year to begin an international-affairs master’s program at George Washington University.

The Washington Post reports that Casey’s parents described their son as a computer professional, traveler and lover of other cultures.

According to The Post, Casey was out with friends last Thursday night. Three people who they didn’t know were harassing people inside a fast-food restaurant and “turned their attention” to Casey and his female friend, Gail Casey, Patrick’s mother, said. Outside the restaurant, the woman was pushed. Casey, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, tried to defuse the situation by standing in between the two groups.

“At that point, somebody sucker-punches Pat . . . and he went back and fell and hit his side and he went down” on the sidewalk, Gail Casey told The Post.

Casey suffered a severe laceration to the back of his head, according to a D.C. police report.

After four days, Casey was declared dead at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday.

D.C. police are investigating the incident as a felony assault, the paper reported.

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