Quiroz, 24, was enjoying his second night visiting
The night before,
Bar employees were clearing out the crowded bar around
Within a few hours Quiroz was lying in
"My uncle came up here and told my dad he had to leave because Giovanni had been injured," said
The couple packed and left their home in
His friends and family also have more questions than answers about what happened before a downtown
This semester was supposed to be Quiroz's last at MSU.
His plan was to graduate this fall and become a physical therapist. An internship at the
"He's a fun-loving guy who was working hard to get done with school," said
A friend called Walfoort's fiancee,
"It was like a bad dream," she said. "He's one of the most warm and loving people you will meet. He's like the ray of sunshine in the room. He's the one who's always making sure everyone is having a good time."
McFadden organized a candlelight vigil
Doctors were in the process of taking Quiroz out of a drug-induced coma during their visit about a week ago. McFadden, a nursing student, said Quiroz couldn't communicate with them, but she saw signs she believes are encouraging.
"It was kind of reassuring that his heart rate went up when we were talking to him," she said.
"I'm a firm believer that people can hear you in comas because they sometimes recall things people talk about. There's nothing to prove it, but that's what I believe."
Torres has invited Quiroz's parents and sister to stay with him when they're not at the hospital. He has also started a site at www.caringbridge.com to keep Quiroz's friends and family updated on his recovery.
"His family has been very strong about it," Torres said. "Since they've been here, they've been at Gio's side constantly. They're there all day long and there's always someone there at night."
More MSU friends were planning to visit this weekend. Today is Quiroz's birthday.
What they know
When bouncers started clearing
When he didn't, Torres and the rest of the group got a cab driver to take them to Torres' house.
"We tried to call him about a hundred times," Torres said. "We didn't find out until later that he didn't have his phone. Gio is a very resourceful person and he makes friends very easily. We figured he would make it back. If he would have had his phone, he would have had my address."
Torres later learned Quiroz had fallen off a parking ramp about two blocks away from
There were no signs of foul play, Stanmeyer said. The investigation will not be closed until officers have a chance to interview Quiroz. Stanmeyer also said alcohol was a factor in the incident, but Quiroz's blood-alcohol concentration wasn't available.
Torres said he was told a time stamp on the surveillance video showed Quiroz had been on the ground about 25 minutes before he was found and taken to the hospital. The fall took place just after
About 20 minutes later, which would have been after the fall took place according to what Torres was told about the surveillance video, Torres received a call from Quiroz's cellphone. The person calling said he had bought the phone and he would return it in exchange for cash, Torres said.
When Torres asked a police officer to track Quiroz's phone so the person who had it could be questioned, he was told it wouldn't be worth the effort. The officer said there would be no way to prove Quiroz didn't sell the phone to someone downtown that night, Torres said.
Walfoort also said he knows that Quiroz had a pass code on his cellphone. So, whoever has it, would have had to use the code to access Torres' number.
Whoever has the cellphone also has been using it to post photographs and videos on Quiroz's Facebook site,
Police also suggested Giovanni might have been trying to kill himself. That is something his family and friends say is not possible. There were no signs that Quiroz was depressed or even feeling down about things, they said. In fact, with his last semester of school and a good internship about to begin, it was the opposite.
"We don't know what happened and we don't know why they have his phone,"
"He's outgoing and happy and knows a lot of people. He's an amazing guy. He's funny and loved by a lot of people and no one understands why that would happen to him."
Marcy Koch, a school counselor at
She has maintained contact with the family and watched
"I've never seen him be aggressive and no one else has either," she said. "That's why I think there's questions about what happened."
Torres and Walfoort both said it's possible the Quiroz's fall was accidental, adding that he might have climbed or jumped over a wall without realizing there was a drop on the other side. There is no way he intentionally jumped, they said.
Koch also is concerned about Quiroz's parents. Neither speaks English very well and they have no family or friends living in or near
"They're isolated and I'm feeling concerned for the family because of the isolation they are feeling," Koch said. "There are so many more barriers there for them. They are some of the most hard-working people I've ever known, but they simply don't have the economic status that's going to support everything they are facing."
Koch is hoping to help the family by working with MSU to have Quiroz's tuition, which had already been paid for this semester, returned. The family could use any other help that's available from the community, she said.
She also said it's important for Quiroz's parents, family and friends to be with him as much as possible in the hospital. Koch said she has learned through experience how important it is for people with traumatic brain injuries to have friends and family with them while they are healing.
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