The sudden death of Columbus Crew Midfielder shocked sadness into community members and Crew fans, but none were as impacted as the family and friends of Kirk Urso.
Clutching a piece of paper towel to wipe tears away, Kyle Urso was still in shock over the loss of his brother.
"It shouldn't have happened," Kyle Urso said. "It shouldn't have happened."
Cris Adams, an employee of the Park Street Saloon, said that he found the Columbus Crew player unresponsive in the bar on Sunday morning. Adams said that he was able to carry Urso outside the bar and call police.
Urso was transported to Grant Medical Center, where he died.
"The only thing that has been keeping us going is the fact that so many people have had such great things to say about him," Kyle Urso said.
Investigators still do not know what caused Kirk Urso's death. Toxicology tests, which could take weeks to complete, may provide a clue.
Meanwhile, the midfielder's friends, family members and teammates are coping with their loss by remembering the good times.
"He had a personality that would make the saddest man laugh," Kyle Urso said.
Kyle Urso said that his brother loved soccer, the Columbus Crew and the fans.
"He was more than just a teammate or a roommate," said teammate Ethan Finley. "He was a long time friend."
When his teammates take the field again, they will have a special dedication for number 15.
"His life was soccer and every minute of every week of every waking day was dedicated to getting better," Kyle Urso said.
Urso's family said that they would meet with the team's manager to confirm how they will remember the beloved brother and player.
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