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The SF Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium still in critical condition

$100,000 in reward money is expected to be collected for information on the beating.

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that was beaten on Thursday at a Dodgers baseball game, is still in critical condition and in a comatose state at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

At a press conference on Tuesday, a cousin of the Stow, issued a call for civility among sports fans and thanked well-wishers from all across the country who continue to support Stow and his family.

"Our family and friends would also like to thank everyone around the nation for their support and prayers of Bryan,” Stow’s cousin said. “Though this has been a terrible tragedy done by cowardly people, it is reassuring to know that good people are speaking out and are appalled.”

“We would like to use this as a rallying cry to stop unnecessary violence in our greatest pastime and all other sports,” the cousin continued. “So I ask for one last thing on behalf of Bryan--that we all enjoy a safe and competitive and exciting year of baseball and a successful Giants home-opening weekend at AT&T Park.”

Dr. Gabriel Zada, one of the doctors treating Stow said at the press conference that he is suffering from “a very severe fracture to his skill, as well as contusions, which are very bad amounts of bruising in both frontal lobes.”

Zada said surgeons inserted a pressure-relieving device in the victim’s brain when he arrived at the hospital. However, on Friday, his condition worsened and he went underwent surgery to relieve brain pressure.

Since the surgery, he has been in a comatose state and doctors have been monitoring him. Doctors still do not know what his prognosis is but in the next week they will continue to make a better assessment.

Reward money for information about the two men who beat 41-year-old is expected to reach $100,000.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $10,000 reward for information. The City Council approved a $50,000 award at Tuesday’s meeting, the Dodgers offered a $25,000, the Giants offered a $10,000 reward and $5,000 has been offered by Stow’s employer, American Medical Response. His co-workers also set up a fund to help pay for his medical bills.

Stow and his friends were leaving Dodger Stadium wearing all Giants apparel around 8:25 p.m. when two suspects wearing Dodger apparel began taunting them after the game. According to LAPD Detective Percy Morris, the suspect hit Stow in the back of the head. The victim then fell and hit his head on the pavement while the suspects continued to assault him.

Morris said the suspects are described as 18 to 25 years old with shaved heads. Both had thin mustaches and one had a small goatee. The second suspect had many tattoos on his neck.


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