Jimmy Buffett Concert Victim Taken Off Life Support

Bellmawr resident Ryan Coyle was allegedly ambushed by Matthew Shields of Westville at the Susquehanna Bank Center Tuesday.

Ryan Coyle, 20, of Bellmawr was taken off life support at Cooper University Hospital Friday night. Coyle had been hospitalized since allegedly being struck from behind in the parking lot of a Jimmy Buffett concert.

Matthew Shields, 21, of Westville, turned himself in in connection with the incident, and has been held in the Camden County correctional facility on $50,000 bail since early Wednesday morning.

Shields faces charges of aggravated assault, and "attorneys with the prosecutor’s office are reviewing evidence to determine whether additional or upgraded charges will be filed," said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the prosecutor, in a statement released Saturday evening. 

Shields reportedly approached Coyle from behind and punched him in the head in a parking lot outside the Susquehanna Bank Center about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, shortly before the concert. Cole fell and struck his head against the pavement, authorities said. 

Prosecutors have not disclosed the reason for the attack, or said how the two men knew each other. 

In a statement released Saturday evening through the prosecutor's office, Coyle's family said:

"Words are not enough to express the feeling of grief and loss that we have in losing Ryan. Ryan was gentle, kind, loving, full of laughter and goofiness. His nephew and all his nieces clung onto him all the time. Ryan loved sports, particularly baseball. He played with Gloucester Catholic and helped the team win a state championship. He played with Camden County College and Brooklawn Legion as well as for his hometown Bellmawr and for Clancy's Pub Pride in the Tri-State league.

"He enjoyed hunting with his brother Dennis, making fun of his sisters and golfing with his friends and Uncle Tom. Ryan brought life to wherever he showed his face. He had a tremendous gift to make people laugh no matter what the circumstances. When “in trouble”, his mom couldn’t even yell at him without laughing, well... 'cause it’s Ryan! Like when she recently came home to find red all over her kitchen because Ryan and his brother Dennis were playing Wiffle ball in the kitchen with strawberries!!! Or when he bought super soakers and ambushed two of his nieces in the house with them. Just silly stuff that was trademark Ryan. Looking at all the comments pouring into his Facebook page shows how clear it is that Ryan had such an impact on people outside his family as well.

"We know that the feeling of grief and loss extend well beyond the family. Ryan shared so many special moments with us that it would take up way too much space to share more; but those moments are written in our hearts for the rest of our lives. We appreciate the support and prayers of so many who have reached out and ask that you continue to pray for healing and peace."

increased ICP September 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Seems like there's more to the story. Usually, people don't wind up brain dead from one punch or falling down.
Out raged September 05, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Nothing more to this story, a sucker punch that knock a young man to his death.
Kristin pierson September 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM
There is more to the store but the state not taken they time to really look into to...
Mister Mike September 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
There is more to the story such as why Matthew Shields punched Ryan Coyle in the head from behind, whether they knew each other and whether there were any prior altercations or arguments with each other. However, people can and sometimes do end up brain dead from one punch, especially if that punch caused them to fall and hit their head on the pavement. Maybe you missed reading paragraph four especially the the last sentence, "Cole fell and struck his head against the pavement, authorities said."
Mister Mike September 07, 2012 at 12:55 AM
This article is dated Sept 3. the assault took place the previous Tuesday, (Aug 28). To say, "...but the state (has) not taken they (the) time to really look into to...," implies that the authorities hadn't started an investigation as of Monday Sept 3. A proper investigation into an incident of this nature would certainly take more than six days.


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