Reyna family photo: Rafael Reyna victim of a Sunday March 31st Los Angeles Dodgers parking lot beating which fractured his skull was breathing on his own and reportedly has gain consciousness as of Tuesday. Captain Bill Hayes of the LAPD says that Reyna’s condition is improving.
By Jeremy Harness
Los Angeles police have released information with a brief description of the two suspects one of who beat victim Rafael Reyna, 45, a Dodgers fan in the Dodgers parking lot last week as the Dodgers were hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to witnesses a Hispanic man wearing Dodgers fan gear in his 20s attacked Reyna and fractured Reyna’s skull. The suspects were seen driving away in what is described as a white SUV.
The Reyna family which includes Reyna’s wife Cristel through their attorney are asking the Dodgers to increase and improve security after the beating. Reyna was on life support but as of Tuesday is breathing on his own “As of Tuesday we became aware that Mr. Reyes was removed from the ventilator and that he is breathing on his own and is regaining consciousness,” according Los Angeles police captain Bill Hayes.
Former O.J. Simpson attorney and now the Reyna family attorney Carl Douglas met with the media outside Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and asked, “This tragedy urges the question what has the Los Angeles Dodgers done?” when referring to security improvements in the team’s parking lot since eight years ago when San Francisco Giants fan Bryon Stow was also beaten and left with skull injuries.
David Lira, who was on the Stow legal team during the Stow family’s lawsuit that saw them win $18 million from suspects Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez and the Dodgers, said that the Reyna beating is just too familiar to what happened to Stow eight years ago.
“The facts between this incident and the Stow case are eerily similar,” Lira told the media during a press conference.
Lira added saying that the parking lot is poorly lit and has a lack of security.
Cristel said that she was on facetime with Reyna during the assault and said that the sound of the fracture sounded like a “baseball bat hitting a ball.” Police continue to investigate saying that the suspect was also accompanied by a female companion who was wearing Dodgers fan gear. There was no video of the attack that took place in Lot 3.
Jeremy Harness covers Major League Baseball for http://www.sportsradioservice.com