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West Hollywood Man In A Coma After Getting Beaten In Random Attack

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A man is in a coma after being attacked by a group of men—who remain at large—in West Hollywood last week.Kirk Doffing, 45, was attacked by a group of four men while walking on Santa Monica Boulevard at San Vicente Boulevard on May 24 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies told CBS Los Angeles. The attack appeared to be random. The men punched Doffing three or four times, causing him to fall and hit his head. One of his attackers wore a trench coat, detectives said.

Doffing suffered a traumatic brain injury and he is in a medically-induced coma at Cedars-Sinai. His family has been putting up fliers and is asking for the public's help in locating his assailants.

His sister Jackie Geisinger told CBS, "We basically had to do emergency surgery when he was brought in; his skull was literally shattered."

Doffing was attacked not far from where he lived. His friend Eli Arias told ABC 7, "This was his street. The fact that he was alone, he was outnumbered, how could people do that?"

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Another West Hollywood man Ramon Estrada died of his injuries in a mysterious beating last summer. Wehoville says complaints about random assaults have been on the rise in West Hollywood.

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