By Jericka Duncan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police are looking for the suspects who attacked a 19-year-old male while he was on his way to a Phillies game. Eyewitness News spoke exclusively to the victim and his mother.
“When I first saw him, besides his face being so swollen, I noticed the shoe print, embedded on the side of his face,” said the victim’s mother, Kim Rafferty. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would do that to another human being.”
Frank Rafferty’s nose was broken and his jaw was fractured last Friday, after being assaulted while on his way to the Phillies home opener.
Rafferty says he and his friends parked at the Jetro parking lot across the street from the Linc, one block from Citizens Bank Park.
Rafferty told his friends he had to use the bathroom. He walked alone to get to some nearby portable toilets.
“I went to cut through cars, and I get hit from behind,” recalled Frank Rafferty. “I then turned around to see what was going on, and I got hit from another side.”
The assailants knocked him unconscious. Witnesses later told police that a couple of off-duty nurses responded first.
“I remember [the nurse] helping keeping pressure on my mouth,” said the 19-year-old.
“I really hope they come forward, because I want to thank them,” said Rafferty’s mother.
Rafferty is still recovering from the attack. While he looks okay now, he says, he has several doctor’s appointments over the next several weeks to fix his jaw.
“I’m just happy to be alive, to be honest,” said Rafferty.