Salem man attacked at a park, left for dead, now in a coma
A Salem man was attacked and then left to die at Hoodview Park Saturday night.
The random assault put Lucio Fernandez, 26, into a medically induced coma at Salem Hospital.
His family wants answers, and police want to find who is responsible.
Police found Fernandez, beaten and bloodied, going in and out of consciousness, lying on the Hoodview Park basketball court at around 9 p.m.
It's within walking distance of his house.
“This is actually a really nice park that we do not respond to a lot. I'm pretty surprised we had to respond to such a terrible incident,” said Lt. Treven Upkes, with the Salem Police Department.
Police canvassed the area and couldn't find anyone.
They don't think he had a relationship with whoever attacked him.
Witnesses told police Fernandez got into an argument with some people. Then they attacked him and took off.
“He was the best person to be around. He was always smiling, joking. He would never hurt anyone, especially over a basketball,” said Jazmine Fernandez, Lucio's wife.
She’s still in shock, saying she didn't find out until Mother's Day.
She says they’ve been together for seven years and have two young boys, 2 and 5 years old, together. She adds, he’s the sole provider for the family and fears he won’t wake up.
"I just didn't think it was real because you never think this is going to happen to your husband or your kids' father," she said.
She says Fernandez doesn't have any enemies and is not involved with drugs or gangs. She and her family haven’t left his side. They just want to know why this happened.
“We're just very lost right now and confused. Anything that can help clarify and give us an idea, because, obviously, he didn’t deserve to be in this place,” said Jade Sloper, Jasmine’s sister.
The family has a GoFundMe page to pay for his medical bills.
Police also don't believe gang or drugs were factors in this incident.
They don't have any suspect descriptions, but are asking for any information that may help.