Afghanistan Vet Brain Dead After Fight Downtown

George Washington grad student struck off campus

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011  |  Updated 3:43 PM EDT
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Patrick David Casey, an Army veteran and current grad student at George Washington University, is brain dead after a fight outside a McDonald's in D.C.

Darcy Spencer

Patrick David Casey, an Army veteran and current grad student at George Washington University, is brain dead after a fight outside a McDonald's in D.C.

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An Afghanistan war veteran and George Washington University student is brain dead following an altercation outside a D.C. fast food restaurant.

Patrick David Casey, 33, got into a verbal altercation early Friday morning outside the McDonald’s at 19th and M streets, police said. It escalated, and Casey was struck. He fell and hit his head, police said.

Three people ran from the scene, witnesses said.

No one has been arrested.

Casey was working toward a graduate degree in international affairs.

He served in the U.S. Army infantry and returned from Afghanistan last year.

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