Forsyth Co. teen dies after assault at Statesboro bar

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STATESBORO, Ga. —

An 18-year-old from Forsyth County was killed in an altercation at a Statesboro bar early Thursday morning.

According to the Statesboro Police Department, Michael Gatto was found by police at Rude Rudy’s bar non-responsive with head injuries.

Gatto was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center before being flown to Memorial in Savannah. He later died.

Police identified Grant James Spencer, 20, as a suspect. He is in police custody on battery charges.

According to the Twitter account for the South Forsyth High School track team, Gatto was on the team for four years.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Michael Gatto was an integral part of our track program for 4 years. He was a tremendous young man and will be missed by all that knew him.</p>&mdash; South Forsyth Track (@SFHSTrack) <a href="https://twitter.com/SFHSTrack/statuses/505168975043764224">August 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Bulloch County coroner confirmed that Gatto died following an altercation Rude Rudy’s bar.