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Boston Police Accept Responsibility for Red Sox Fan Death


Boston, Masschusetts police have accepted responsibility for the death of a female college student killed while celebrating the Red Sox's wins over the New York Yankees in the American League championships series.

Victoria Snelgrove, 21, was shot in the eye by a non-lethal projectile that was designed to disperse pepper spray. She later died of a head injury at a Boston hospital.

Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole said the incident should not have happened. However, she also condemned what she called "punks" who turned Boston's celebration into an opportunity for violence and destruction.

Snelgrove's father condemned the police action, saying that his daughter was an innocent bystander. Holding her picture, Rick Snelgrove said what happened to his daughter should not happen to any American citizen going to a baseball game.

More than 80,000 fans crowded the streets around Boston's Fenway Park Wednesday night to celebrate Boston reaching the World Series for the first time since 1986. Game One of the World Series is Saturday in Boston.

Information for this story provided by AP and AFP.