Apr 6, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT
Members of Bryan Stow’s family on Tuesday called for civility among rival sports fans as they stood vigil at the LA County-USC Medical Center, where Stow remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma. The Los Angeles Times reports that Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten by two assailants at Dodger Stadium on opening day on Thursday, had sent a text message minutes before the assault saying that he was scared.
In the text message, he said he was “scared inside the stadium,” his cousin John Stow said, adding: “He doesn’t use that term loosely.”
A short time later, after the game had ended, the 42-year-old paramedic and father of two walked out to look for a taxi and was attacked so brutally that he remains in a coma with a brain injury.
Stow’s family said that they realize the assailants do not represent Dodgers fans as a whole. “We know they weren’t true Dodger fans,” Bryan Stow’s sister, Erin Collins, said of the assailants.
“We would like to use this as a rallying cry to stop unnecessary violence in our greatest pastime and all other sports, not only here but abroad,” said John Stow, wearing a Giants cap and jersey. “So I ask for one last thing on behalf of Bryan — that we all enjoy a safe and competitive and exciting year of baseball.”
He described the beating as “a terrible tragedy done by cowardly people,” but said he is reassured by people who are outraged and appalled.
Los Angeles police say that as many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, and have set up a tip line to help in finding the assailants. The reward for information leading to the capture of the suspects has grown to $100,000, which includes $50,000 from the Dodgers.
Giants fan sent text message saying he was ‘scared’ before beating [Los Angeles Times]
Searching for something positive to come from Giants fan’s beating: A national call to end fan violence [Los Angeles Times]
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