Dodger Fans Attend Candlelight Prayer Vigil For Beaten Giants Fan

LOS ANGELES (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 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 victory 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 Dodger 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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  • Diane

    I think Dodger Stadium should install the same system at urban universities. Blue light emergency stations. Add a video camera so they could quickly ascertain the legitimacy of the emergency call. That way they can act quickly to help the individual and have a jump on catching those responsible.

    • leroy brown

      i think dodger stadium should be leveled!! the thugs already run the city and we need to give them a sports team too?

      • Trisha

        Agreed Leroy!

      • Hiro Hamishima

        It should be leveled with 99% of the fans inside. Maybe arrange a Dodgers & Raiders convention and just nuke the place.

  • Sorry Real Dodger fans

    I feel sorry for all the good Dodger fans….The bad Dodger fans over shadow you….I would never take my son to Dodger stadium…

  • gdub

    unfortunately, l.a. raiders fan migrated to the lakers and dodgers

    • leroy brown


    • Joe

      Very true

  • Joel Raes

    Bad Boys Bad Boys.. whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when the PD comes for you!

    Inner Circle and Joel Raes

  • Ed Rooney

    Position snipers at all the games, take out the dirtbags that cause trouble. Enough is enough.
    McCourt- STOP SELLING BEER AT THE GAMES! USC and UCLA did it (that being all games at the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl)- those games typically sell out.
    The trash that won’t come to the games because of no beer sales is trash you don’t want there anyway.
    Eff all Dodger fans, sorry it ain’t just “a couple of bad apples”. There’s a WHOLE LOT of bad apples at those games.

  • poder

    The cowardly attack on this fan is unacceptable. Instead of increasing security at the stadium, why don’t we try to educate fans on how pathetic it is to take a game so seriously? I’ve been to countless LA vs SF games in both cities. SF fans are no saints either. I’ve heard racist comments from white Giants fans towards Latino Dodgers fans in SF & LA. There’s no need for this intolerance in a sports stadium, or anywhere for that matter. Enjoy the game, root for your team & don’t cross the line.

    • Karen

      Did anyone get beat up to the point they are in a coma?

  • Mark

    It’s not the booze that’s the problem. It’s the Hispanic gang culture that is taking over Los Angeles. They’re breeding everyone else out of existence. This city is lost forever.

    • Ed Rooney

      Sorry to disagree, but beer IS a problem- not in this particular instance necessarily, but in general there are too many loud moronic losers screaming profantities when there are kids around. Use some judgement, folks!
      These idiots who claim it’s their “right” because they paid for their ticket are just plain dumb. EVERYONE AROUND YOU THAT YOU ARE ANNOYING BOUGHT A TICKET TOO!!
      People suck.

    • Karen

      I completely agree with you Mark. I feel like Los Angeles is a huge barrio. I wish I could escape but my work will always be here. I work in entertainment. I wish I was a rich studio executive because then I could live in Beverly Hills and not deal with this third world mentality.

    • Johnny Felix

      2 men dont represent the entire community.This is not an issue about Race its an issue about 2 individuals violently attacking a man. Their race does not come into play in this scenario. They are individuals who think and breathe on their own and make their own decisions…

  • SerBear

    A paramedic… Someone who risks their life (believe it or not) to help someone who needs medical help… Someone you turn to in an emergency.. and this is what happens? Its disgusting.. he deserves better… It has nothing to do with being WHITE or BROWN.. it has to do with being HUMAN and RESPECTFUL. I’ll be the first (but not the last) to say that this isn’t the first incident at Dodger stadium.. and something needs to be done about it

  • Ken Lu

    I’m a huge Dodgers fan and I’m a shamed of this incident , The people who did this will pay. What is this world coming to, I now have to think twice about taking my kids to the ball game because of thugs like this idiots who did this.

  • Richard S.

    I feel that the stadium parking lot should be patrolled by local PD and if any fan is caught consuming alcohol before the game their tickets should be revoked on the spot. I say this because the sale of beer will not stop, It is a part of Baseball. As for the tailgate parties, they are not. Also the installation of surveilance cameras for parking lot coverage, I feel, would be welcomed for the safety of ALL fans no matter what team is playing the Dodgers.

  • Name

    RESPONSE to MARK Comment #9
    You are exactly 100% RIGHT!!

    • suzie



  • Black Water Guy

    What kind of people are these LA Dodger fans?
    The capital of war-torn Afghanistan is “probably safer” than in the Dodgers parking lot. I would have invaded Los Angeles, but not Afghanistan or Iraq. Currently in Bagram Afghanistan

    • Covert Ops/Boys ...
    • jaided

      what a stupid comment by someone in the military.

    • Michelle

      I have been a dodger fan since I was old enough to remember. It makes me very sad and upset to hear all the bad comments from people who of course only hear the bad news about things that happen their. I have been to more games than I can count and I have never once been afraid for my life. I’m sorry, you can say violence doesn’t happen at other stadiums but it does. There was a shooting in the Angel stadium parking lot 2 years ago. It has nothing to do with being the color of your skin…it’s the individual low life’s who do these things. I pray for Bryan Stow and his family.

      And a side note “black water guy” there is no way your actually in the military otherwise that stupid ignorant comment would not have came out of your mouth.

  • John Smith

    Please becareful about painting the good/loyal young fans with the same brush…these two morons will pay

  • jaided

    with all your conrads who pass in war and u wanna compare it to an trajedy at a ball game parking lot. u have no honor. what r u a cook in the military.

  • Paul

    Most Dodgers fans are gangsters. How many gangsters do you see wearing Angels baseball caps or shirts? We have all these problems at baseball games, could you imagine bring an NFL team to LA County? Bringing a team to the heart of surburbia in the City of Industry? It is a disaster waiting to happen. I talked to local sherriffs near the City of Industry and was told if the NFL team did come to the area, they would expect crime rates to spike in the neighborhood.

  • Karen

    By the way, I am curious. For those who agree with Mark, how many of you voted for Jerry Brown. To let you know, Jerry Brown believes in amnesty. Remember that and remember how you feel about LA the next time you vote.

    • jaided

      karen works in adult entertainment. aint u the same karen that was asking me out on a date the other day.

      • Karen

        I don’t blind date so it was not me. I work in film and television distribution of NON-adult product by the way.

        I wanted to see if there were replies. I thought so. The same people griping about illegal aliens voted for the man (Jerry Brown) who wants to give them amnesty.

        Who is really to blame here?

  • TT

    This whole thing just breaks my heart,,,, My husband who is a devoted Dodger fan, also his father was a season ticket holder the whole time they (he and his brother) were growing up – said something i never expected from him yesterday…He said he would not buy another ticket for Dodger stadium until the owners (the Mcourt’s issues) and security situation get straightened out – He – who isnt afraid of anything said this is just a bad situation all around – he’s very disturbed by this whole event, and would not make another investment into baseball until they can “handle their issues”. We send our prayers for Bryan and his family …..

  • Ida

    In blowing off all of our steam….let’s not take our eye off the ball….let’s pray for the victim and his family.

    • Karen

      Good reminder Ida.

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