Fort Bragg soldier killed in Steamboat bar fight

A Fort Bragg soldier was killed after a bar fight triggered by an argument over a Jimmy Buffet song playing on a jukebox.

Steamboat Springs police say 37-year-old Richard Lopez and two of his friends played the song at the Tap House bar and two other people started arguing with them over it. The Steamboat Pilot and Today reports the groups were kicked out and that no punches were thrown inside the bar at about 12:15 a.m. Friday.

But police say Lopez was unconscious when they arrived. He was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center and was pronounced dead Monday morning.

Capt. Joel Rae says police have interviewed two people involved in the fight but no one has been arrested.

Lopez was stationed with the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C.


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  • by Larry Location: Colby Kansas on Feb 9, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    Suspects' attorney: "Soldier, friends aggressors in fatal jukebox fight". I would only guess that the suspects attorney is somewhat partial. Someone should be in jail.
  • by Larry Location: Colby Kansas on Feb 2, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Someone was murdered and no one was arrested. Maybe they need a new sheriff in town.
  • by Trevor Location: Iraq on Jan 13, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    I Served with Rich, he's an amazing soldier and to go like this is devastating. It's a tremendous loss for he Military Community.
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