An investigation is under way following the death of an 18-year-old man who died two days after he was found lying unconscious in a roadway, in Danbury police said Wednesday.
Several officers were dispatched on a complaint of suspicious activity in the area of Abbott Street at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, police said.
Upon arrival, officers found Gabriel Bara-Bardo of Danbury unconscious in the roadway, police said. Bara-Bardo died Monday, police said.
The windshield of Bara-Bardo's car had been smashed in from the outside, the News-Times said. He had no external injuries, but suffered bleeding on his brain that could have been from an aneurysm, the News-Times said.
The state medical examiner’s office said that more investigation was needed into the cause of death, the News-Times.
He was an organ donor, and his family said on Facebook that his final act helped to save the lives of eight other people.
"One thing that is a great comfort is the knowledge that today, there are eight people who have received Gabe's organs and have been given the gift of life," said a Facebook message from his grandmother. "There are countless others whose lives will be enhanced by his tissues for burn victims, his corneas for eyesight, etc. To know that somehow, somewhere, Gabe lives on and that in the end, his pain relieved the pain of others, is very comforting to our family."
Friends mourned the death of Bara-Bardo's death in messages on Facebook.
"He already is saving lives, god we miss you Gabe Bardo," one friend said in a post. "Another one gone too soon, Rest In Peace Gabe Bardo, you'll be forever missed!!"
Another friend posted: "You will be missed so much Gabe Bardo. We love you, hope you shine bright in the sky now that you have joined those stars at night."
The News-Times said Bara-Bardo, who loved music and played guitar, had briefly attended Danbury High School then enrolled at the Alternative Center for Excellence.
The police investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the anonymous Tips Line at 203-790-8477.
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