Wednesday, February 25, 2009

UPDATE: on this story. Seems that even though this was ruled a homicide, it is likely no charges will be filed and that is good news. The family of the victim handled this very tactfully. They feel that Mr. Gagne is not at fault because of his memory loss. They are an amazing family who in the face of their own grief recognize that both involved are victims. It's a sad story all around.

This is a very sad story about two residents in a memory care facility here in Minneapolis. It seems that one of the residents did something (pushed?) to another resident resulting in an injury. The resident who was injured eventually died and they have ruled this a homicide. As someone who has loved someone with dementia, I am heartbroken by this entire situation. Not only am I sad about the individual who passed away and for his family, I am also sad for the other man and his family. You see, this other man was former pro wrestler Verne Gagne. We who've loved someone with dementia know that our loved ones are not totally in their right mind. This situation is tragic all around and my heart goes out to these families.

1 comment:

¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

And you can bet money played a part in this. Just because Gagne is who he is, the family of the other man is going after him because he has deep pockets. They know what side their bread is buttered on. The saddest part of this is studies show that athletes who participate in sports such as wrestling and boxing predispose themselves to such diseases as AD, Parkinson's and other neurological disorders. Most likely the thing that landed Gagne in this situation is now coming back to twice bite him.

Disgusting in every way, at every turn. That judge is an idiot.