Interject about the family. The reason that I was called by Mr. , you know, a week later rather than right away, sometimes families are concerned about a death, they want a second autopsy, they don't trust the first one necessarily, they call the next day. The reason that there was a week delayed as explained to me is that the family had been waiting for some information about the death, cause of death, for example.
And also I find, in all our work as medical examiners when we see next of kin and whether it's everyday work or situation like this, one of the questions the family often has is did he suffer, did my loved one suffer in dying.
One of our job as medical examiners is explain what happened and to try to make it as less suffering as possible, make them feel a little bit the art of being a medical examiner.
In this incident they hadn't heard anything, they read the stuff in the newspaper. The reason I came down was to do my examination because they didn't know they were going to get information as to cause of death. They know he was shot, they didn't know how much he was shot and where he was shot. To this day they still haven't received a report. I got it yesterday, the family hasn't gotten an official report so that's one of the reasons why families get a second autopsy. I'm a great believer in media transparency, that's another topic.
So when I met with the family that was the first question was, did he suffer. I explained when that, one of bullet wounds in the top of the head went through the brain, that immediately caused him to lose consciousness. So that made them feel a little better he wasn't laying around in pain.