A ice hockey participant was killed when a wayward firework hit him within the chest at a Fourth of July social gathering, say US police.
Matiss Kivlenieks, a goaltender for Columbus Blue Jackets, died of chest trauma on Sunday night time in Novi – a suburb of northern Detroit.
The 24-year-old was in a sizzling tub and tried to get clear together with a number of others after the firework tilted and shot of their route, mentioned Lieutenant Jason Meier.
It was initially thought he had slipped and hit his head whereas working away, however preliminary outcomes of a autopsy on Monday mentioned a chest damage was accountable.
“For the time being, we’re fairly sure this was a tragic accident,” mentioned Lt Meier.
He mentioned there was a “massive gathering” on the property and that officers have been making an attempt to interview as many individuals as doable.
Kivlenieks, initially from Latvia, was taken to hospital by emergency groups shortly after 10pm on Sunday however was later pronounced lifeless.
Columbus Blue Jackets supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted: “Life is so treasured and may be so fragile. Hug your family members as we speak. RIP Matiss, you can be dearly missed.”
The membership’s president of hockey operations John Davidson mentioned it was a “devastating time”.
“Kivi was an impressive younger man who greeted day by day and everybody with a smile and the affect he had throughout his 4 years with our group is not going to be forgotten,” he mentioned.
A second of silence was held for him earlier than the fourth recreation of the Stanley Cup closing in Montreal.
Kivlenieks joined the Blue Jackets in Could 2017 and had performed eight video games, however was considered as an rising expertise and doable back-up goaltender subsequent season.
He additionally performed for his nationwide group and the Latvian Hockey Federation known as his dying “a terrific loss not just for Latvian hockey however for the whole Latvian nation”.