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Fistfight between brothers leaves one dead, Fort Worth police say

Fort Worth police will consult with prosecutors to determine if charges are sought or if the case is presented to a grand jury for review.
Fort Worth police will consult with prosecutors to determine if charges are sought or if the case is presented to a grand jury for review. Star-Telegram

A 25-year-old man died Saturday from injuries suffered during a fistfight the night before with his brother, police officials said.

Rithisack “Peter” Thongvong was pronounced dead at 7:50 a.m. Saturday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma of the head due to an assault by another person.

The brother had not been arrested as of Monday.

According to homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman, investigators will consult with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office to determine if charges are brought against the brother or if the case will be directly presented to a Tarrant County grand jury.

Loughman said Thongvong had been visiting his mother and brother at their Fort Worth apartment in the 3700 block of Holton Circle. The apartment complex is located in a small stretch of Fort Worth west of Texas 360, nestled between Euless and Arlington.

Loughman said the brothers and a third person had gone out Thursday night in Dallas, but Thongvong became separated from the other two. He said the man called about 5:30 a.m. Friday, seeking a ride home.

Friday evening, the two brothers got into a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical fight, Loughman said.

Though no weapons were used, Thongvong apparently suffered a closed head injury during the fight, Loughman said.

The fight had broken up and Thongvong had gone into the bathroom, where he collapsed and was found unresponsive by family members.

He was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford Hospital and later transferred by helicopter ambulance to the hospital’s Fort Worth’s location, where he died.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd

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