Family Looks For Answers in Son's Death
Police are still investigating the death of a 26-year-old Palmyra man who was found early Friday morning near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. David Gerken went missing after being ejected at half time from Thursday night's Bills game. YNN's Christina Noce spoke with David Gerken's family and has more on how they’re still searching for answers.
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PALMYRA, N.Y. -- Based on preliminary autopsy results, police have ruled David Gerken Jr.'s death an accidental drowning and say there is no evidence of foul play at this time. However, David's family, especially his brother who was at the game with him, say some things don't add up.
Family and friends of David Gerken have retraced Thursday night's timeline over and over.
"We're trying to understand a lot of different things and hopefully we'll get some answers as to what really happened,” said Dave Gerken Sr. “We just don't know a lot yet. How he got there, why he was ejected from the game."
David's younger brother Chuck says just before half-time, Gerken went to the bathroom. Shortly after, David called his brother and said security had ejected him from the stadium. They agreed to meet at Tailgaters bar after the game.
"We're asking investigators to check the cameras at Tailgaters, check the cameras at the stadium, it's gonna be rough but we need the help of all you to do that," said Chuck Gerken.
Chuck says the Sheriff's office picked up a GPS signal from David's phone two miles from the stadium, in the opposite direction of Tailgaters. He says David wasn't familiar with the stadium area and had never been in the woods where his body was found just before seven o'clock Friday morning.
"I lost my older brother and my best friend in the world,” said Chuck. “Someone I've seen everyday my whole life. It's going to be hard not to be able to see him or talk to him."
Chuck says that night David was in a sea of blue, but he was a diehard Miami Dolphins fan and proud of it. He says when David was with him, there weren't any fights between him and other fans. Police have not found the Dolphins hat David was wearing. Police say the Bills are cooperating with the investigation, however David's father says the team was unable to tell him why his son was ejected. It’s a question the family hopes will soon be answered.
"He was full of life, loved to do his golfing and go to Bills games and Yankee games a few times a year,” said Dave Gerken. “Lots of very close friends, well-liked by many."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police. Calling hours for David Gerken will be held Tuesday at the Johnson Kennedy Funeral Home in Canandaigua from 4-8 p.m.