Boston Police report that the state medical examiner's office has ruled the death of Brendan Thomas Goguen at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 811 Massachusetts Ave., on April 2, a homicide.
Police report the cause of death was suffocation and stabbing, or, technically, "mechanical asphyxia coupled with trauma by a sharp instrument."
Police say officers and EMS responded to the hotel around noon on April 2 to find Goguen, 23, "unresponsive." He was declared dead at the scene.
Goguen, a resident of North Attleboro, was a graduate of Attleboro High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He loved his mother's cooking and ocean swimming, his family says.
After graduation, he got a job in construction, but his family acknowledges he struggled with addiction following his father's death:
After the death of his father, Brendan became overcome by addiction because he was unable to express his feelings which is a large part of addiction. If you are suffering with addiction or alcoholism or have a family member afflicted with the disease do not hesitate to ask for help. Contact AA or NA. Two foundations that touched Brendan's life were the Gavin Foundation [in South Boston] and the Washburn House [in Worcester]. The Goguen family would like to thank both organizations for their care and support given to Brendan.
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