Shockoe Bottom assault victim speaks out

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – He was brutally beaten and left for dead last week, but now one of the victims in the Shockoe Bottom assault video is speaking out.

He's doing a lot better tonight but still has obvious injuries from the attack. He told NBC12 when he left the hospital you could still see the tracks and Nike swoosh from the attacker's shoes on his face. He hopes more tips will come in about the incident and asked us to hide his identity while his attackers are still on the loose.

"I have two black eyes," described the victim. "And I have minor nerve damage to the face. I can't really feel my lip or anything like that right now."

One of the victims in this Shockoe Bottom assault video is talking about the injuries he sustained after he and his roommate were attacked last week. Add to that two broken blood vessels in his eyes and a concussion, he's just thankful to be alive.

"Most of what I've learned from the incident I found out just from watching the video myself," he said.

The victim and his roommate were walking right past The Pizza Place on 18th and Main when they heard the suspects yelling at them. Minutes later they were attacked.

"The next thing I remember I was waking up in a hospital bed," he said.

"The title of the video is "This Is Why You Don't Use The N-Word." Did you call them the N-word?" asked NBC 12's Evrod Cassimy.

"No," replied the victim. "No. I can tell you honestly that word simply isn't in my vocabulary. I never use it."

This man is still trying to figure out why he and his friend were attacked in the first place.

"I don't know the motivation. I forgot to ask them."

But in the video moments before the attack you can hear the suspects joke about posting the video on World Star, likely referring to the website A quick search of the site and you can see dozens of videos of street fights similar to this one from all across the country. While the victim in this incident hopes he doesn't run into these suspects again, he's not letting what happened interrupt his daily activities.

"I'm not going to live my life in fear or anything like that."

A Richmond PD spokesperson told NBC12 they've received a large number of tips about this case but still there haven't been any arrests. If you have information that can help police you can make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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