NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a suspect after an argument outside bar outside a Queens bar turned deadly.
It happened Thanksgiving morning at 3:47 a.m. at the Gas Light Bar on Queens Boulevard.
According to police the victim was John “Danny” McGee.
McGee, 21, was a well-known Rugby player in Ireland.
Sources told CBS2 McGee got into an argument with another man inside the bar and the two took it outside.
They were spotted in a heated argument outside when the suspect punched McGee in the face, sources said. McGee fell and hit his head.
When EMTs responded to the scene, McGee was in cardiac arrest, sources said. He died a short time later.
Steven O’Brien surrendered to police Friday morning.
O’Brien, 25, has been charged with assault. His attorney says his client denies any wrongdoing.
“Danny was familiar to us, he was a wonderful and very likeable young man. This is such a huge tragedy. Our community is shocked and saddened beyond belief. All we can do is pray for his Family in their time of despair,” the County Longford Association of Greater New York said.
McGee’s rugby team mourned his death.
“Danny was a terrific talent and starred for St. Vincent’s at each age group and played for the Gaels shortly before emigrating to the US. Above all he was a young gentleman, with a great sense of humor, who was loved by all who knew him. To his heartbroken family and wide circle of friends we extend our deepest sympathy,” Father Manning Gaels GFC wrote in a Facebook post.