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Prayer vigil planned for beaten Giants fan

April 6, 2011 |  9:10 am

Family photo of Stow and his children.

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.

A prayer vigil is planned Wednesday night in L.A. for a San Francisco Giants fan who has brain damage and faces a long recovery after he was beaten by two people in a Dodgers stadium parking lot.

The vigil is set to start at 6 p.m. at the clinic tower outside Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center at 1100 N. State Street.

The two suspected men clad in Dodgers attire attacked three people, including Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow, in Parking Lot 2 at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the end of the opening day game.

As many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, which police said included kicking and punching, and Stow fell and hit his head on the ground. The suspects allegedly shouted expletives about the Giants as they attacked the three people.

Doctors said Tuesday that Stow had a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain. Doctors removed the left side of his skull to allow his swollen brain to decompress.

Before the attack, Stow sent a text message to a relative saying he worried for his safety and that he was “scared inside the stadium,” said his cousin, John Stow.

The Giants announced Tuesday that they will dedicate their home opener Friday at AT&T Park against the Dodgers in honor of Stow and pay tribute to him in pregame ceremonies. The team will collect donations at Monday's game to benefit a fund established to support him and his family.

The Dodgers are planning to hold a collection drive at Dodger Stadium this weekend or early next week for the various funds benefiting Stow's family, Josh Rawitch, the team's vice president of communications, told City News Service.

There is now a $100,000 reward for information about the suspects, and authorities are asking tipsters to call LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website LACrimeStoppers.org.

Corrected at 9:56 a.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Bryan Stow's first name as Brian.


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

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Family photo of Stow and his children. Credit: Associated Press