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Today Marks 3 Years That Giants Fan Bryan Stow Was Severely Beaten at Season Opener

Bryan Stow, with children. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Bryan Stow, with children. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Today marks the somber third anniversary of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at the Dodgers Stadium parking lot after the baseball rivals' season opener.

Stow, 45, a Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two, was attacked from behind walking through the parking lot after the Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the opening day game on March 31.

Stow, who was kicked repeatedly in the head, suffered severe injuries in the beating, including brain damage.

His brain injuries have left him with speech and memory problems, along with physical setbacks, and he will require assistance for the rest of his life. In the days following the attack, a portion of his skull was removed because of swelling in his brain.

He spent most of the past few years receiving treatment at San Francisco General Hospital and other local rehabilitation facilities. He continues to receive home care from family members.

On a website his family maintains with updates on Stow's condition, his family wrote last month, "We are coming up on (three) years since this happened and it's hard to believe the support and prayers that Bryan still gets to this day. We cannot thank you guys enough for helping Bryan and us through all of this."

"We recently shaved  Bryan’s head and it was shocking to see the damage to his skull. Seeing him stare at himself in the mirror was heartbreaking." 

Over the past three years, the Giants baseball organization has supported the family through fundraisers, special events and even player visits to Stow's hospital room.

More recently, San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery has been donating all proceeds from his band's newest record.

The coach-turned-guitarist-and-songwriter has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for Stow with benefit concerts held throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere.

Two men were arrested on July 21, 2011 and last month pleaded guilty to felony charges connected with the attack.

On Feb. 20, Louie Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem, while Marvin Norwood, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of assault.

Sanchez was sentenced to eight years behind bars, while Norwood was sentenced to four years, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Earlier this month the pair was also indicted on federal weapons charges.

In the March 5 federal indictment, the men, both convicted felons, were charged with possessing two semi-automatic rifles, a 12-guage shotgun, a semi-automatic pistol, a revolver and ammunition at the time of the arrest.

Sanchez was previously convicted of felony evading police and misdemeanor domestic violence. Norwood had been convicted of felony domestic violence.

Barry Bonds has an ongoing fundraising efforts to help provide Bryan’s two  children with the gift of a college education. "Let's help Tabitha and Tyler fulfill all of their dreams by investing in their future," Bonds says. The website is here.

And Stow's family writes: "Bryan reads all of your cards & letters!"
P.O. Box 884 Capitola, CA 95010 

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Agranon March 31, 2014 at 07:17 PM
I'd smack those punks up.
Wire April 01, 2014 at 03:46 PM
It happened again did you hear about it? Censorship? Marines stabbed during fight between Angels, Dodgers fans ... * A late-night spat between Dodgers and Angels fans in Southern California turned violent, leaving two Marines stabbed, another injured and six people arrested
Susan C. Schena April 01, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Thank you, Wire. Another Baseball Brawl in So Cal! Dodger vs. Angel Fans; 3 Marines Injured Trying to Break It Up. Story here: http://bit.ly/1dOOTnt

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