REMEMBERING BRENTSON: FAMILY, FRIENDS IN MOURNING AFTER MAN’S DEATH
By WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton
It’s been nearly two weeks since an altercation at a bar left a young man in the hospital fighting for his life.
But on Thursday, family and friends of 26-year-old Brentson Skidmore said he lost that battle Sept. 10.
Family and friends said he died from complications weeks after he was punched in the face by 23-year-old Ryan Patrick Gunning at Filling Station, a bar in downtown Tuscaloosa on Aug. 31.
Court documents show Gunning punched Skidmore in the face and knocked him unconscious. Witnesses said he never even saw it coming. We spoke with one of Skidmore’s closest friends about what she’ll miss most about Brentson.
“Just his light,” Rachel Scott told WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton. “You could not be sad around Brentson because he would say something and make you laugh. I am praying for his family.”
Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner is calling for heavier security at establishments that serve alcohol.
“It’s one of those things that seems to be happening more and more,” Tyner said. “We don’t have enough police to be on every corner. Not that that could have prevented this from happening, but places that sell alcohol are just going to step up and have their own security that stands outside the door. I’m not saying that would have kept that from escalating. but security continues to be an issue in this city.”
Ryan Gunning has been charged with assault, but his charge could be upgraded. Skidmore’s friends and family tell me Brentson was taken to UAB to donate his organs , but not before an honor walk held at DCH Regional Medical Center where, we’re told hundreds of people, including hospital staff lined the hallways, paying tribute to Brentson Skidmore.