ALBANY - A soldier from Clifton Park survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan, yet could not survive an attack outside a McDonalds in Washington D.C.
Patrick Casey, 33, died in the George Washington Medical Center Hospital this week after succumbing to injuries he suffered on Friday.
"Quiet, humble, person who had a great commitment to doing good things and it's extremely inappropriate that his life was cut short," said his Shenendehowa High School football coach Brent Steuerwald.
Casey played offensive line for Shenendehowa and RPI before enlisting in the army and serving his country in Afghanistan.
"I think his commitment for things he believed in was pretty strong, he believed in being a good football player, be believed in being a good person, he certainly demonstrated that with his choices in life and what he's done and what he intended to do," said Steuerwald.
Casey returned from duty in 2010 and this past August began graduate school at George Washington University.
However, his life came to a tragic end after he tried to break up a fight outside a McDonalds.
"It was typical of Pat he wasn't going to go in and get in a fight, he was going to try and arbitrate his way out of one, and my understanding is somebody hit him and unaware the fall that occurred created an injury that took his life," said Steuerwald.
The coach said Casey had big plans for his future and will be dearly missed. The football team will be honoring him at the next home game October 8.
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