Brutal attack leaves 1 dead, family asking for club closure

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Phillip Boynton was attacked at a local nightclub and later died from his injuries. Family members are asking for help from the Augusta Commission.

He was knocked unconscious back in March in the parking lot of Club Pure Platinum on Gordon Highway. No one has been arrested, and the club is still open.

"I think the club needs to be closed down," said Relative Xandria Givens.

Givens and her family want commissioners to close the doors to Pure Platinum because of what happened to her brother.

"It's sad. My brother was 28 years old, and he didn't do this," Givens said.

A police report indicates a Richmond County deputy found Boynton on the ground bleeding. Deputies report he was involved in a fight and was slammed to the ground two or three times.

Authorities say Boynton was extremely intoxicated and told to leave the club.

"He wasn't a violent person. He had a couple of drug charges, but that was not Phillip Rashad Boynton," Givens said.

He was in the hospital for eight days in a coma. On March 18, his family decided to take him off life support.

"Someone was questioned, but no one was charged with his murder. I'm calling it murder," Givens said.

Augusta commissioners and nightclubs haven't mixed well lately. Leaders closed the doors to Club Fiesco for 90 days after 21-year-old Edward Yancey was shot and killed. The same happened to Club Skittlez after nude pictures involving a minor surfaced.

"If we determine the club has done something to endanger the public, we're going to take action," said Richmond County Investigator Richard Elim.

In those separate cases, the Sheriff's Office made a recommendation to license and inspection. The department agreed, and so did commissioners about suspending their license.

"A different set of circumstances and a different set of events led up to the death in this case," Elim said.

Until then, Boynton's family will continue to cherish memories of a loved one whose life took a tragic turn.

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