Anthony Shriver

Man who thought he was fine dies next day after a single punch to the face

A Minnesota man is in jail after he punched a man who later died from the blow.

Travis Allen Johnson, 21, of St. Cloud, is charged with second degree murder after he fatally punched Anthony Quinn Shriver, 22, reports WSBTV.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning at 2:40 a.m. when Shriver, walking down the street with a group of friends, began to argue with Johnson, also walking down the street with a different group of friends. The argument escalated, and Johnson ended up punching Shriver in the face.

Police were called to the scene and tracked Johnson down, who was nearby. He was charged with fifth-degree assault.

Travis Allen Johnson [Photo: St. Cloud PD]
At the time of the incident, Shriver was showing no signs of physical distress or injury. He complained of a headache but ultimately refused medical treatment at the scene and left for home with his friends.

Around 10 hours later, police, firefighters, and paramedics were called to a St. Cloud home where Shriver was found unresponsive. They attempted to revive him, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy revealed that trauma, consistent with the blow from Johnson, was the cause of death.

When police began looking for Johnson, he turned himself in late Sunday night and was booked for second degree murder.

Shriver’s sister reportedly took to Facebook to claim that Shriver was struck from behind as he was walking away and never had the chance to defend himself. She wanted people to remember that Shriver was a beloved family member and friend.

“He didn’t get a chance to defend himself. Try to remember that he’s someone’s little brother, my little brother. He’s someone’s son. He’s someone’s best friend. He was taken unfairly from us.”

A GoFundMe page has been set-up for the 22-year-old’s family to help pay for a memorial service and burial costs. The page said Shriver “was treasured by many and will be sorely missed.”

[Feature Photo: GoFundMe]