Referee Dies From Brian Injury Due To Assault

Ricardo Portillo, 46, died on May 4, after sustaining a traumatic brain injury on April 27. Portillo was officiating a recreational soccer game when he issued a foul to one of the players who then punched him. Witnesses say he was writing down notes when the player punched him in the side of the head. Portillo reportedly seemed fine at first, then asked to be helped off the field because of dizziness. After he sat down he began to vomit blood and emergency services were called. Portillo slipped into a coma before he arrived at the hospital due to the swelling of his brain and died later that week.

When police arrived to the fields to investigate the alleged assault, the teen was gone and Portillo was lying on the ground awaiting medical attention. When news got to the authorities that Portillo had slipped into a coma, the search for the teen intensified. That evening the young man’s father brought him to speak with police. The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated assault and was booked into juvenile detention. Authorities said there will be additional charges now that Portillo has died.

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