It’s over, done, finished – the sorrowful lessons learned…
There’s little point in continuing to rub the public’s nose in the memory of deceased 24 year-old Kansas City man Brian Euston. Euston died five months ago after taking a single punch, falling, then hitting his head on a Westport sidewalk. And for three months a cloud of mystery and uncertainty hovered over his death.
Was foul play involved? Was he beaten by a gang of blacks as some speculated?
Answers to those questions lacking, Euston’s parents pressed Kansas City Police and media – KC Confidential included – to keep the story alive. To find out what went wrong that fateful night resulting in the death of their son.
To that end, a makeshift memorial sprang up in heart of the entertainment district, prominently placed along Westport Road.
And for five long months, weatherbeaten, dilapidated, now unsightly, it has stood. A monument to what? Every awful Westport stereotype is the unfortunate answer.
Irresponsible, drunken, disorderly behavior; black on white violence; the overserving of alcohol.
At best the so-called memorial is a reminder of a young man with a troubling drinking problem. A man who’s blood-alcohol level had placed him near death’s door and who’s foolish, boorish behavior, combined with that of another individual outside a bar around 3 a.m. resulted in his tragic death.
So why leave it up? What purpose does it serve at this point?
The questions – albeit sadly – have been answered. The individual who one-punched Euston – allegedly after he refused to get out of the face of the dude’s girlfriend – is behind bars. Case closed.
Now the latest on the memorial…
"I think the family really plan on leaving it there," says a source close to the situation. "Somebody from our neighborhood decided to call (Brian’s) mom up and see if we could take it down before St. Patrick’s Day and she apparently called some media and told them we wanted to take it down. So we decided just to leave it alone. She kind of sounded like she wanted to leave it up. She’s a mother that’s very distraught and she loved her son…And I feel for his parents, but if he was my brother, I’d be embarrassed if he was that drunk and that happened. I’d want to take the memorial down out of shame."
The question put to another mother – who asked not to be named – garnered this response:
"I’d probably thank (Westport) for leaving it up so long and for offering to let me have it. I mean, it can’t stay up forever. I guess it still provides some comfort."