NJ Congressman pushes for independent investigation into GCCC football player's death

A New Jersey congressman expands his effort seeking answers into the death of a Garden City Community College football player in August 2018.

Last month, as part of the fact-finding effort, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) sent a two-page letter to leaders at Garden City Community College.

In the letter, Smith asked for the college to conduct an independent investigation into the death of 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth. Bradforth is a New Jersey native whose family last month said they have many unanswered questions surrounding his death.

According to the autopsy, Bradforth died of a heat stroke.

The expanded effort from Smith involved him writing to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and 31 other elected and appointed leaders in Kansas, asking for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bradforth's death.

Smith also addressed the case in letters to U.S. senators from Kansas, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

While questions remain Bradforth's mother and her attorney are among those scheduled to speak at a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Garden City's Friendship Baptist Church. Organizers say also scheduled to speak is a professor emeritus of medicine a the University of Oklahoma and co-chair of an NCAA task force researching football payer deaths.