Man taken off life support after being placed in chokehold by bouncers

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THORNTON, Colo. - A 23-year-old man was taken off life support on Tuesday morning after he was rushed to a hospital following a visit to a bar.

Friends and family members say you could always find Sammy Pickel at Lodo's Bar and Grill, a place where he used to work.

"Everyone was so friendly towards my brother," Jocelyn Pickel told KDVR. "And they hugged him and they told me how great of a guy he was and how I was lucky to have a brother like him."

However, something changed early Sunday morning.

Friends say Pickel was at Lodo's when someone pushed him and bouncers stepped in, assuming Sammy was the aggressor.

"Four of the bouncers went over and grabbed my brother from all different angles," Pickel said. "And they banged his head on a table full of glasses, banged his head on the floor. And then they were choking him. So he had no oxygen going to his brain and he went into cardiac arrest."

Sammy Pickel was rushed to a nearby hospital. When he arrived, he was put on life support and was in a coma.

On Tuesday, family members decided to take him off of life support.

Now, Jocelyn Pickel wants the bouncers to be held responsible.

"I believe they should be charged with murder," she said. "They killed my brother."

Investigators say they are still trying to figure out who started the fight and if anyone will be charged.