LOS ANGELES (CBS / AP) — A crowd of supporters, some dressed in Los Angeles Dodgers attire, held a candlelight prayer vigil Wednesday night outside the hospital where a San Francisco Giants fan was taken after he was savagely beaten in a Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Faith leaders, community activists and residents joined the family of Bryan Stow for an emotional vigil that included prayers and moments of silence.

Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, was punched in the back of the head by two assailants wearing Dodgers gear and fell to the pavement after the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Giants in the March 31 season opener.

Stow remained in a medically induced coma at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He suffered a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to his brain’s frontal lobes. Doctors removed the left side of his skull to relieve pressure on his swollen brain.

Dodgers fan Jennifer Hernandez attended the season opener, but did not witness the attack. Hernandez said she wanted to show her support for Stow and to counter perceptions raging on Internet message boards about Dodgers fans.

“It’s disgusting what happened,” said the 33-year-old Los Angeles resident. “It only takes a couple of bad apples to ruin the whole scene.”

Stow’s family cried and held on to one another when the John Lennon song “Imagine” blasted out of loudspeakers. Sniffles were heard in the crowd.

Police have been following up on dozens of leads since releasing composite sketches of the two suspects and urged witnesses to come forward. A $100,000 reward including contributions from the Dodgers and Giants is offered for information leading to the arrests of the attackers.

“If you’re man enough to attack someone from behind, at least you should be man enough to face the consequences of your actions,” first cousin John Stow said after the vigil.

The incident prompted the Dodgers to hire former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton to assess the team’s security policies. Bratton, who quit the police chief job in 2009 to go work for a security consulting firm, will help the club develop a security blueprint that extends to both the stadium and its parking lots.

“There’s no question that people ought to be able to go to a game, a Dodger game or any game, with their families and not be terrorized in the way this individual was,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said earlier in the day.

The vigil was organized by The Wall-Las Memorias Project, which helps Latinos with HIV and AIDS. The group is urging the public to combat violence and alcohol abuse among young adults.

“It’s only a baseball game,” said Richard Zaldivar, the project’s executive director.

The Giants will dedicate Friday’s home opener at AT&T Park to Stow and pay tribute to the injured man in a special ceremony before the game.

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Comments (12)
  1. Alex says:

    its a sad time to be a dodger fan. I never had any beef with Giants fans actually I fell a stronger rivalry with SAN DIEGO but still I am praying for that man and may the lord Jesus Christ bless him. Amen

  2. Jsim says:

    I am and always will be a huge Giants fan. The Dodgers have always been our rivalry. That being said, I want you Dodger fans to know that we Giants fan hold no animosity. We know that you are just as much a baseball fan as we are, and we love our rivalry. Just because we all have a few bad apples, doesn’t mean that you don’t have good loyal fans. I wish I had a jersey that would have the Giants logo on the left side and the Dodgers logo on the right side. I would choose the left side for the Giants, because they are closer to my heart. We all hope and pray for the speedy recovery of Mr. Stow. Thank you Dodgers for providing us with the very best rivalry in baseball

    1. Rob says:

      Shutup. A guy gets severely beaten, and you feel the need to suck up to Dodger fans? Wow, you are a Grade A, A-hole.

      Rob (a TRUE Giants fan)

  3. Tours Martel says:

    Apparentlly not all the animals were at the zoo. Security was not up to par, even at Raider games it is better than that. The mayor needs to have a serious chat with the chief of police. Maybe they should spend more time on social control, and less on registering legal owners of firearms?

  4. Bob Duffy says:

    This isn’t a first time for either of the teams. Whenever they play each other, lots of fights break out. I am pretty sure many of these participants go there with their primary intention of assaulting someone. Where was security, this should have been caught on video.Attacking someone from the back is a cowardly thing to do, hopefully he or they will be caught!

  5. JUDY(GRAMZ VMC) says:

    My name is Judy,i have worked with Bryan for many year’s,i just want the animal’s who beat Bryan to know who he is,He is a lovely human being,had u taken the time to know him would have known that..His life is all about family,friend’s and helping people who need help at time’s in there life when someone with a kind face would help..Bryan has so many friend’s who love him,and pray for him.We miss his smile and his crazy joke’s,He is an amazing person..i pray everyday that the animal’s who did this will get what they deserve..EVERY DOG HAS IT’S DAY AND YOU DOG’S WILL GET YOUR’S..God will show us your true color’s..YOU ARE A COWARD..WE LOVE YOU BRYAN,KNOW THAT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE..

  6. Rich says:

    Nothing like a couple idiots to make an entire city look bad. I was sucker punched once and when I black out and hit the ground the guy freaked out and ran. He was arrest and found guilty of Felony Assaut because he caved in my entire cheek bone. Spineless.

  7. Dave says:

    The coward dirtbags who did this are back in Mexico right now.

  8. tn says:

    No doubt the perps will be caught. I’m afraid the public defender, or someone like attorney John Burris will defend these thugs stating a similar story to the 2 thugs in Oakland California last year who sucker punched a 70 year old man and his son, killing the father. Attorney defense?- The two under-aged drunk thugs were “mad at the way their lives were going and decided to take it out on someone- and wasn’t trying to kill anyone.” Idiots and thugs seem to have many more rights and privileges than the rest of the common decent taxpaying civilians. Prayers for the family of Bryan.

  9. john p says:

    they should be able to catch the guys who did it…in all probability, these guys are in mexico…but that won’t save these guys…they will be hunted down by an international joint task-force…state and federal law officials…believe it

  10. DF says:

    Thank you Jsim, I agree.

    Rob~your attitude is what creates the hatred and violence.

  11. JR says:

    I agree with DF and Jsim. Rob, dude, get over yourself. A man’s life is at stake. I’m as big of a Giants fan as there is. But your attitude is disgusting. This is NOT about bad Dodger fans. It’s about two thugs and a man fighting for his life. Clean it up already…

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