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Beaten Giants fan has brain damage, faces long recovery, doctors say

Beating victim's family

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

A Giants fan who was severely beaten by Dodgers fans at the end of the Dodgers' home opener last week has brain damage and faces a long recovery, say doctors who are treating him.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said as many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Parking Lot 2 at Dodger Stadium.

The two men attacked the three victims, including Santa Clara paramedic Bryan Stow, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, police said.  Stow fell and hit his head on the ground.

At a Tuesday news conference, County-USC doctors explained the severity of Stow's condition. They said he suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain.

The left side of his skull has been removed to allow his swollen brain to decompress. And even without sedation, he probably would still be in a coma, said Dr. Gabriel Zada, his neurologist.

"It's going to be a long recovery process," Zada said.

Minutes before the beating, Stow texted a relative to say that he feared for his safety, his cousin said. 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."

There is now a $100,000 reward to find the assailants.

LAPD sketch of two men wanted in connection with brutal beating at Dodger's home opener

Tipsters can call LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website LACrimeStoppers.org.

For the record, 9:43 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Bryan Stow as a Santa Cruz paramedic. It also incorrectly spelled Stow's first name as Brian.


Reward for information in Giants fan's beating grows to $100,000

Giants fan sent text message saying he was 'scared' before the beating 

Family of injured Giants fan asks for civility, help catching suspects in beating

-- Richard Winton

Photos, from top: Members of Bryan Stow's family gather outside Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where a news conference was held on the beating of the San Francisco Giants fan in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium. From left are his uncle John Devitt; his mother, Ann Stow; and his sisters, Bonnie Stow and Erin Collins (credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times) family photo of Stow and his children (credit: Associated Press).

Sketch: Police drawings of the beating suspects. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department via KTLA-TV.

Comments () | Archives (191)

We are becoming more and more like our neighbors to the south. Let's be frank about this. No point covering it up with political correct statements.

I will never pay to risk my life at Dodger Stadium.

barbarians,and useless to society

The poor guy!! It's a sporting event!!The Dodgers clearly need to BEEF UP SECURITY in the stadium and parking areas. Too bad to have this happen on opening day. .. I wouldn't go.

hope the LA team picks up his medical bill.... somehow i doubt it

Nice how the Dodgers don't even seem to give a darn - offering up a small $25,000 for something they should stopped! And come on Mayor Villaraza - these are Latino Gangbangers!

How the So. CA area has deteriorated....such a shame for this man and his family and such a pock on the state of the area....

Wonder why we are third world status?

This is horrible. I am a long time dodgers fan & I go to the games with the intent to have a good time. Sure my friends & I will heckle the away team or give their fans a good ribbing but this is just ridiculous. The one thing these men forgot is, its just a game & they aren't the ones getting paid to play it. Its idiots like these that not only give us true dodgers fans a bad name, but ruin the experience for everyone else.

I hope whoever did this gets CAUGHT and brought to JUSTICE!!!! This is INSANE!!! What is our world becoming? Hope you get better pal! God Bless you and your family.

Time to cough up these maggots now!!!

Why do you think we've become 3rd world status?!! California is now as dysfunctional as Mexico is...

They should really raise the reward amount for these mean thugs, and the folks who should personally put up the money are people like Larry King, Mary Hart, etc.(there are plenty more) that enjoy all the perks of having season tix behind home plate and top notch parking spaces at Dodger Stadium. They can afford it. And the McCourts could absolutely dig into their pockets too. Why aren't more wealthy Dodger patrons stepping forward? I would if I could...

God Bless Mr. Stow and his family! I wouldn't go to a Dodger Game is they were free!

I truly hope the Dodgers will be making much less $$$$ by people not attending to the games.

Sad story.
Bad editing in the first line.

Witnesses, STEP UP! Don't be afraid, you would appreciate it if someone did the same for you. Justice must be served. Dodgers stadium needs more security and more cameras. Our prayers are with Brian and his family.

Such cowards! I hope these hoodlums are caught and prosecuted to the fullest of the law. I am praying for the Stow family, and hope that with the best care and with God's will, he will awake from the coma and be able to lead a normal life. GOD BLESS YOU, MR. STOW.

Washington, DC

The tragedy of this is it should never have happened. At any game, at any stadium, at any venue in this nation. Now this sports fan and his family will have a long and difficult path to follow during his recovery. He has suffered a traumatic brain injury. If he does survive he will have long difficult hours of rehabilitation work. Even if he gets back on his feet he will never be the same again. To those who did this, your turn will come and it be be in the after life. Be concerned!

i will never attend another sporting event in LA unless these guys are brought to justice.

Why isn't the article accompanied by the sketch of the alleged assailants?

The Dodgers need to step up. They need to start a new campaign. "This is Our Town" We cannot allow elements of certain communities take over public venues and behave as if they "own" the stadium. Do we bring our kids to Dodger stadium? Yes or No? Do we make a better effort of policing ourselves, the Dodger community? Yes or No. Do the Dodgers start putting more plain clothes officers in "opposition" uniforms in order to confront aggressive Dodger fanatics? Yes or No? Do the Dodgers put more "Staff" in the parking lots? Yes or NO? Do the Dodgers create a better community outreach program to help remind the community of proper public behavior? Yes or NO? The Dodgers need to become more proactive and not reactive. If action is not taken soon, Dodger games will become Raider-like with violence and the end of "family" sense of security. Some in the bleechers might say its already a Raider nation mentality of survivial of the fitest. Good Luck to the S.F. Giant fan in a coma, God bless his kids and wife.

Thanks LA. 100 people witness this attack but none have the decency to come forward to identify these criminals. Civility is obviously at an all-time low in SoCal.

This story is heartbreaking. This family will never be the same after this horrible attack. As a long time Dodger fan, I am ashamed of what happened at Dodger Stadium. This casts our city in the worst light possible. The cowards that are responsible for this attack are NOT true Dodger fans, but they have brought shame to all of us.

If the City of LA or the Dodgers are not stepping up, we the fans need to do something. We need to make this right for this family.

If every Dodger fan donated $1, we could raise hundereds of thousands of dollars if not millions for this family. God knows they will need it for the long road ahead.

How can we get something started??

Unfortunately, the Dodgers while celebrating the community have failed to see the "forest for the trees". I have never felt unsafe at other venues around Southern California because they promote family and safety for all. Dodger Stadium is now reminiscent of the Titanic. A luxurious and safe first class, a well stocked and adequate second class and steerage where anything goes. (Keep the beer flowing...similar to keep the band playing) Now, it has hit its own iceberg and is going down by the bow. Too late to save it? Maybe, maybe not.

I hope the family is able to sue the Dodgers for lack of security. A $25,ooo reward is a joke!!!! Dodgers management, step up and show some respect for this man and his family. What are pennies to you can maybe, just maybe, get this family through this tragic event.

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