Mount Airy man killed after fight at wedding party

December 12, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Mount Airy man was slain early yesterday after a wedding reception at the town's American Legion post, where a fight broke out involving some of the 200 guests and legion employees, state police at Westminster said.

Daniel Bruce Boone, 45, was found lying on a nearby road, wearing a tuxedo and with a severe head injury shortly after state police troopers responded to break up the fight about 1:15 a.m., police said.

An autopsy revealed Mr. Boone died from a blow to his forehead, said Sergeant Andy Mays of the Westminster barracks. The death was classified as a homicide.

"It's going to be an exhaustive investigation," Sergeant Mays said.

American Legion post officials declined to comment.

Investigators initially thought Mr. Boone may have been struck by a vehicle, but that was ruled out after the autopsy was completed yesterday afternoon, Sergeant Mays said.

Mr. Boone, of the 2600 block of Walston Drive, was working as a bartender at the reception. Sergeant Mays did not know the names of the couple holding the party.

Police said they believe Mr. Boone was involved in the altercation, but would not say what caused the scuffle. Troopers were called to the American Legion Post 191 in the 800 block of Prospect Road in Frederick County, across the Carroll County line, to break up a fight involving wedding guests and post employees, police said.

Mr. Boone had left the post before the troopers arrived, police said.

Troopers were directing traffic out of the legion's parking lot when they were notified that Mr. Boone's body had been discovered in the 100 block of Contour Road, near the post, police said.

The troopers went to Mr. Boone, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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