Family and friends of San Francisco Giants fan
Bryan Stow, from left, Gina Lenson, friend of
the family; Anne Stow, mother; Bonnie Stow,
sister; John Stow, uncle; Erin Collins, sister;
and David Stow, father, react as faith leaders
and Dodgers' fans gather for a community
prayer on April 6, 2011 outside USC Medical
Center in Los Angeles.
Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Time/MCT
By Shelby Grad
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — Bryan Stow's family is preparing for Father's Day with the Bay Area paramedic in a San Francisco hospital slowly recovering from a beating he received at the Dodgers' home opener.
The family released a statement last week saying they are playing music and reading to Stow as he continues to receive intensive medical treatment.
"Doctors are still lowering Bryan's seizure medications, trying to adjust them to find a good balance. Bryan has been sleepy this week, but still tracking," the family said. "We continue to play him music, talk to him, and read him your comments. If he hears us, he knows that Father's Day is approaching."
Stow's two children have visited Stow twice at the hospital. In an interview with KCBS-TV, the children said they are trying to cope.
"It just accepting it the way it is instead of trying to change what is really happening," 12-year-old son Tyler said. "I spent a lot of time with him, so it's like completely different not going with him every weekend."
Two men attacked Stow, a 42-year-old San Francisco Giants fan, in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31 after the rival teams played their season opening game.
Though Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested three weeks ago in connection with the beating, L.A. County prosecutors have yet to charge him in connection with the beating. Prosecutors asked police to gather more evidence in the case, and LAPD officials said they hope to present the case again soon.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said detectives strongly believe Ramirez beat Stow and have enough evidence to prove it. Ramirez's family insists he was home at the time.
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