Pasadena Star-News - Man hit with baseball bat in South Pasadena

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A man is in critical but stable condition after being hit on the head with a baseball bat late Friday night in Garfield Park, a case police are considering an attempted murder.

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william

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Feb 2, 2008
 
to hear about someone this age and the stories she has to tell to us young folk, i feel that if some of these teenagers were to hear how hard it was for her when she was coming up and how hard it is for her today, but yet and still she is still here, maybe some of them will appreciate their life more. i know i did'nt listen to my grandfather when he would tell me some of his past. but, his last comment to me was"you're gonna remember these talks, i just hope it won't be too late.
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Feb 2, 2008
 
Man hit with baseball bat in South Pasadena
By Molly R. Okeon, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 02/02/2008 06:02:31 PM PST
SOUTH PASADENA - A man is in critical but stable condition after being hit on the head with a baseball bat late Friday night in Garfield Park, a case police are considering an attempted murder.
According to a South Pasadena police press release, fie adults and a juvenile were standing in the center of the park around 11 p.m. Friday when they were approached by two suspects.
One of the suspects struck a man in the group with an aluminum baseball bat, the release said. The two suspects ran to an SUV parked on Stratford Avenue and fled southbound from the location in the vehicle, the release said.
The victim was treated at the scene by South Pasadena Fire Department paramedics and then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. He underwent surgery for a fractured skull and cranial bleeding, the release said.
The suspects are described as a woman of unknown race and a roughly 18-year-old African-American man, about six feet tall with a muscular build, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans.
The vehicle is described as a black SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, Chevy Tahoe or Suburban.
Anyone with information should contact the South Pasadena Police Department's Detective Bureau.
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Feb 5, 2008
 
A little better follow up here. These weren't "men," they were 18-year-old South Pasadena High School students. The seniors at the school are devastated, and last night held an impromptu candlelight vigil at the house of the kid who was hurt.
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Feb 5, 2008
 
Is there any followup information available about the condition of the boy who was injured? Many in the community are concerned. This is a boy who has lived in this community since he was very small.
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Feb 8, 2008
 
I've heard that it's very serious. The young man is still in a coma and is not responding to the doctor's test. More tests are supposed to be run to determine if he is in fact brain dead or if there's still a chance. They claim that even if he does come out of it, there will still be brain damage. Heard a rumor that they caught the girl and her boyfriend (17) and are bringing them up on charges. Supposedly the attack was not meant for the young man who was hurt. Please pray for this family as they can surely use it.
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Feb 8, 2008
 
this bastard should be hung! in garfield park. he should get the death sentance for this this coward act!!!!!!
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Feb 9, 2008
 
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_82138...

Two arrested in baseball bat attack
By Brian Day, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 02/08/2008 11:27:33 PM PST

Police arrested a woman and teenage boy Thursday on suspicion of critically injuring a man in a baseball bat attack at a South Pasadena park last week, officials said.
The alleged attacker is a 17-year-old La Puente resident and student at South Pasadena High School whose name is not being released because of his age, according to a police press release.

Jeniell Franco-Galvan, 20, of Glendora was also arrested Thursday in connection with the crime and is currently being held on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

The teen suspect and Galvan were involved in a romantic relationship, said South Pasadena police Sgt. Kim Valencia.

The teenage suspect was arrested after West Covina police pulled over a car in which he was a passenger shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, Valencia said.

West Covina police recognized him as a wanted person out of South Pasadena and turned him over to the South Pasadena Police Department, said Valencia.

Galvan was arrested by South Pasadena police at her home about 10 a.m. Thursday, Valencia said.

The alleged attack occurred Feb. 1 at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave. in South Pasadena, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said in a written release.

Five 18-year-olds and one 17-year-old were in the middle of the park talking - and some of them drinking alcohol - when Galvan and the teen suspect walked up to them, he said.

The teen suspect allegedly struck 18-year-old

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Jeffrey Cortinez in the head with an aluminum baseball bat, Abdalla said.
"It appears the victim was unprepared for the attack and could not defend himself," Valencia said

The suspects then ran to a dark blue GMC Yukon parked on Stratford Avenue and drove away, Abdalla said.

Cortinez, also a student at South Pasadena High School, was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery for cranial bleeding and a fractured skull, Abdalla said.

He was listed in critical but stable condition Friday, police added.

Valencia said the attack did not appear to be gang-related or racially motivated.

The teen suspect is being held at Eastlake Juvenile Hall for attempted murder, said Valencia.

Though Galvan is not believed to have swung the bat herself, Valencia said, "she is being considered with the same severity - attempted murder - because it's our belief she was present during the attack."

Detectives also believe the sport utility vehicle in which the pair fled is Galvan's, he added.

Galvan is being held at the Los Angeles County jail in Lynwood in lieu of $1,000,000 bail, police said.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Pasadena Police Department Detective Bureau.
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Feb 10, 2008
 
Why are the students "residents" of La Puente but attend school in South Pasadena? Is there something I don't know? I live is So Pas and assumed you must be a resident to attend our High School.
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Feb 12, 2008
 
I agree with SEEK AND DESTROY that coward should hang for what he did he knew damn well what he was doing when he did it... and Jodi your right too, I live in South Pasadena and have for 40 years and I have to go thru so much to prove that I live there and to let a scum bag like that in really sucks how easy is it to let trash into our schools!!!! Jeff we love you and are never going to give up on you....
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Feb 12, 2008
 
pissed off wrote:
I agree with SEEK AND DESTROY that coward should hang for what he did he knew damn well what he was doing when he did it... and Jodi your right too, I live in South Pasadena and have for 40 years and I have to go thru so much to prove that I live there and to let a scum bag like that in really sucks how easy is it to let trash into our schools!!!! Jeff we love you and are never going to give up on you....
Affirmative action hard at work. Way to go South Pasadena. If the attacker lives in anywhere other than South Pasadean how did he get in and does he get to stay in school? They better start verifying some addresses.
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Feb 12, 2008
 
I agree with Jodi. We live in South Pasadena and to register our son in 7th grade at South Pasadena Middle School, we had to comply with te very strict residency requirements. My son has been attending South Pasadena schools for four years now and we still have to go through the same process every year. How come people who live in El Monte attend our schools. It is absolutely unsafe to people who live in other cities come to our schools and this brutal attack proves that people who do not live here should not attend our schools.
I'm sorry for the parents who are going through such a difficult time. I hope their son can recover and the attackers get the punishment they deserve. They are "young" but the pain they caused and the horrible crime they committed is not something that an innocent young person does.
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Feb 13, 2008
 
Anyone has an update on Jeffrey?
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Feb 14, 2008
 
UPDATE: he is in critical condition and his family might take him off the breathing machine tomorrow... my heart goes out to the family
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Feb 14, 2008
 
You "americans" might want to get ALL the facts FIRST before casting the first stone, all you sanctimonious people! Remember that tired OLD Saying "Innocent before proven guilty"? Get the facts straight BEFORE you sign up for the LYNCH MOB! Enough trauma and sadness has already happened-don't make it worse by being gossips about things only the people involved have the details about right now! Were any of YOU there?! Please pray for Jeffrey's family and recovery and put your focus on the GOOD!!!!!...You read about "critical condition" and then whine about HOW someone got into a school?? COME ON!!!!!!
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Feb 15, 2008
 
Listen "Voice of Reason"... my son WAS THERE THAT NIGHT, AND witnessed everything. None of what is being written about is gossip, so until YOU have YOUR facts correct, you might want to back off.

Jeffery IS going to be taken off life support next Friday...
voice of reason

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Feb 15, 2008
 
It's hard to answer you "Sadness." I am so sorry my statements came out wrong and angered you. Nothing makes me angrier than people who judge without facts and the gossip I addressed IS gossip - about those arrested and the entire incident.

This site and others are disgustingly second-guessing, judging and passing sentence on the underage drinking at 11pm, the girl arrested they are saying is a pedophile, the teenage boy needing to be hung and that he knew what he was doing(See above Seek N Destroy & pissed off) etc BEFORE all the facts are out.

My inte4nded point was just that this is a time for MASSIVE prayers right now. These are all very young people involved, it's ALL extremely sad! I feel for all the families of these young people and I pray the entire truth comes out!
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Feb 16, 2008
 
jeffrey is still in coma, he had a high fever yesterday and he take some breath by his own. The family cant decide yet if they let him go or still keep going and hoping he will survive.
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Feb 16, 2008
 
thanks for the update. prayers are being sent, and there's always room for a miracle, they do happen, all the time, everywhere. please continue to post updates of him and his family. i'm friends with connie and know jeff for the past 7 years but it's been hard talking with her since this all happened, so for me this is a great way to stay informed. thanks again!
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Feb 17, 2008
 

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I know for a fact that SPHS gets a lot of students from other cities (Rosemead, Altadena, El Monte, etc.). They're all Mexican anchorbabies. They're all troublemakers and wannabe-thug dipshits. I am clueless as to why these Mexican lowlifes go all the way to South Pasadena just to fuck themselves up and other people in the process.

I can't say much better about the 5 "victims" either. Today's high school kids are dumb as rocks and think they're top shit. Well apparently they pissed off the wrong guy. You reap what you sow.
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Feb 17, 2008
 
care about jeff wrote:
jeffrey is still in coma, he had a high fever yesterday and he take some breath by his own. The family cant decide yet if they let him go or still keep going and hoping he will survive.
I have a friend that came out of a coma and recovered, and he was not taking any breaths on his own for quite some time! This sounds like good news. I hope everyone keeps praying!! Is there a fund setup to help the family during this time that can be put here for donations?

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