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.Today marks
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
Earlier this month the pair was also indicted on federal weapons
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
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!"
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