PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Parma Police have made an arrest in a deadly New Year’s Eve brawl.
Chris Cosme’s family says he died after intervening in a fight between his daughters and a group of out of violent men.
“I feel like he’s OK with the way he went, but it’s not OK with me,” Chris’s daughter, Trisha, said. “We went outside, said happy new year. There was like 10 to 15 people walking down the street, mind you it’s all guys, one girl.”
Trisha told Cleveland 19 detectives showed her surveillance video from a bar that’s across the street from their house.
She says it recorded the blow her dad took to the face, and that’s how officers tracked down 20-year-old Mark Conley--the man they say threw the punch.
Trisha says Conley’s group had confronted hers, and next thing she knew, her aunt was on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher..
She told them, “[Chris] got punched in the face and he went down on the concrete, and his head’s bleeding.”
Police say Conley “admitted to his involvement” in the fight after they arrested him Thursday.
Trisha says she’d never seen Conley before that night.
“I just hope he gets what he deserves for doing this, because my dad didn’t deserve this at all,” she said.
After six days of lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life, doctors told the family Chris was not going to get any better.
Trisha and her family made the decision no family wants to make: they pulled the plug.
“We literally had to watch my dad die, take his last breaths,” she said.
Bearing that horrible pain makes her wish she and her family would have responded a little differently to the boys she says were looking for trouble.
“I wish we could have all just went in the house and ignored that, but i guess that’s not going to happen,” she said.
Conley is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
He’s in jail on a $250,000 bond.