Giants Fan Beaten at Dodgers Game Has Brain Injury, Remains in Coma
The family and doctors of 42-year-old Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz gathered yesterday outside Los Angeles County USC Medical Center to provide an update on the condition of their loved one, the Giants fan who was beaten by a pair of Dodgers fans in the stadium parking lot on opening day.
Stow sustained a severe skull fracture during the beating, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and his medical team say Stow is exhibiting evidence he has "brain injury and dysfunction." He remains in a coma and is in critical condition.
His family revealed that prior to the attack, Stow was feeling uneasy about his surroundings; Stow "texted a relative to say that he feared for his safety," just a few minutes before he was beaten, according to LA Now.
Reaction to the violent incident has had widespread reaction from various communities. The San Francisco Giants say they will dedicate Monday's game to Stow, and "will collect donations at the park before and during Monday's game to benefit a fund established to support Stow and his family," according to MLB.com.
The suspects are described as two male Hispanics between 18 to 25 years-old. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD at 213-847-4261 (LAPD sketches).
As the LAPD continue to investigate the case, more reward money is being offered up for information leading to the capture and arrest of the attackers. Yesterday the LA City Council voted to approve a $50,000 reward, which, added to the previous cumulative $50,000 offered by the Dodgers, Giants, Los Angeles County, and Stow's employers, brings the reward total to $100,000.
For others wishing to contribute to Stow's medical fund, donations can be sent to the Bryan Stow Fund, account No. 1377733, San Francisco Police Credit Union, 1495 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo CA 94402.
On ESPN, musician Duff McKagan offers his thoughts on the fan versus fan attack:
I know that we are passionate about our teams. We grow up feeling ownership and pride about them. It's our "turf," when our teams play at home, and we go into "enemy territory" when we go see our teams play in another city. But … it is only a game. Just sports. Folly.
Andy Sternberg contributed to this post.