WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Tabor College football player has died in a Wichita hospital about a week after he was found badly beaten, authorities said.
Brandon Brown, a defensive lineman from Sacramento, Calif., died at a Wichita hospital late Saturday, according to McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty.
The 26-year-old Brown was found in McPherson, lying unconscious on a street early Sept. 16. He had been in critical condition and on life support, and his condition worsened Friday.
Tabor College also announced Brown's death on the college's website. He had transferred this fall as a redshirt junior from a California junior college to the NAIA Tabor Bluejays.
"The Tabor College community extends sympathies to his immediate family and many friends during this time of great tragedy and loss," a statement from Tabor said.
A 19-year-old Texas man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated battery in connection with Brown's injuries and was being held on $100,000 bond, McClarty said Saturday before Brown's death. McClarty said in an emailed statement later Saturday that additional charges are expected.
"The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Brown's death is an active and ongoing case," McClarty's statement said.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the McPherson County Sheriff's department were also helping with the investigation, he said.
Tabor College, located in Hillsboro, about 25 miles east of McPherson, said counseling services have been set up for students at the school.
"If you met him, you'll love him," Brown's father, Craig Brown, told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/QaayZH ) before his son died. "He's not somebody that goes out looking for trouble, but he'll defend himself if he has to."
A relief fund has been established with Emprise Bank in Hillsboro for Brandon Brown, who also had a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.
Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com