Man dies after couple renews wedding vows at Modern Woodmen Park

Police say a 45-year-old man died after being shoved to the ground as a couple renewed their wedding vows at Modern Woodmen Park.

According to the Davenport, Iowa Police Department, officers were sent to the ballpark around 10 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 to a report of a man bleeding from the head.

A family member tells News 8, 50-year-old Joseph “Little Joe” Van Hecke and his wife were renewing their wedding vows when Van Hecke’s son was becoming disruptive.

A brother-in-law was detaining the son, when Van Hecke shoved the brother-in-law, said the source.

Police said the victim was transported to Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, before being airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. On Friday, the victim died from his injuries.

Police later identified the victim as 45-year-old Douglas Whalen of Davenport.

Van Hecke was arrested for Disorderly Conduct by Fighting. According to the Scott County Jail, Van Hecke posted bond and was only held at the jail for 12 minutes.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Davenport Police Department was investigating the incident.  An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, June 17, to determine the exact cause of death.

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