East Texan dies after alleged beating by husband


POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 4:20pm

On Thanksgiving night, Patti McHugh Gage's husband -- well known East Texan Kelly Gage was taken into custody for allegedly brutally beating her.

Nicholas McHugh says -- it's not the first time.

"One by one, my mom's friends dropped away, you know her jobs dropped away, she had two jobs at the time, and when my mom quit her second job is when I first got hit," McHugh said.

McHugh says his stepfather even tried to kill him at one point. but to his knowledge, he never touched his little brother -- Gage's biological son.

Friends of Patti Gage say her husband would get very violent after drinking.

McHugh believes that's what happened on Thanksgiving night.

"I believe he went into a rage...he did something to my mom, he has a past history of hitting my mom.  In Washington, he cornered her in the bathtub and was grabbing her hair and slamming her head into the tile," McHugh said.

When Gage brought his wife to the hospital, friends say she had suffered severe brain stem damage -- and had no brain activity.

Early Wednesday morning, she was taken off of life support.

Now, Nicholas says it's now his mission in life to help victims of domestic violence.

"It's not your fault.  Even if you've been in it a very long time, you need to get out and get help...otherwise...you will get hurt," McHugh said.

Friends of Patti Gage say Kelly told several different tales about what happened on Thanksgiving night.

But authorities eventually charged him with aggravated assault.

Smith County deputies now tell KETK, it's up to the district attorney as to whether the charge will be changed to murder.



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Donations are being accepted locally at any branch of Capital One Bank or online at http://goo.gl/jkhAf All go directly to Nicholas McHugh to help him raise his little brother Caden.

I am Nick's college house mate an frat brother. He expressed his concern for his mother's safety. She attempted to escape from the monster by moving to Ruston with Nick. He is such a strong man. His life has been obstacle after obstacle but he has concord each. He will do so again with our prayers and support.

I am so proud of her son for handling this with such class and maturity. What a testiment of what an amazing mother she must have been. Any less of a charge than murder is not acceptable. He could have gotten her help much sooner than he chose to. This wasn't an accident, this was a routine. This isn't the 1st time that this has happened. She has suffered for many years at his hand. On Kelly Gage's facebook page he speaks about Jesus. To Kelly: Um buddy, you clearly have NO IDEA who Jesus is!

He better get charged with murder. He was wrong on so many levels. He should have been locked up long ago. People like him dont deserve to walk on this earth and enjoy all the beautiful things life has to offer. He is a monster! He is a disgrace to the human race. He should get the death penalty! Jail would be a smooth ride for someone like him. He deserves to have everything he put that woman through done to him. I hope he rots.
- Jade

Great job Nicholas. I know it has to be very difficult to do these interviews. You are a strong man who WILL get through this. You have no idea the number of people praying for your continued strength and direction in life. We will be here for you and your brother!

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