Beaten-up frat member still doesn't know motive for attackPosted: Updated:
Lyle Blumears was beaten up by a group of 20 fraternity members and he sat down with CBS 5 News to talk about the attack for the first time. We first told you about ASU senior Blumears earlier this month, days after he was jumped and left with a concussion, broken jaw and cut lip.
Blumears said he still doesn't know what drove members of a different fraternity to beat up him up at the apartment complex he shares with his own fraternity brothers. We're going to show you his injuries, and a warning: the only picture we can show you is still very graphic.
"It was not a brawl, a fraternity brawl," Blumears said. "It was an attack."
You can see from the surveillance video last month a group of guys storm into the apartment complex where the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity lives.
"I approached them, I was attacked, basically, I got hit in the face," Blumears said.
The 20 guys were from the fraternity next door, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Blumears said they picked him up off the ground, threw him against a wall, and continued punching him until they finally left.
"I got 11 stitches on my lip, two teeth knocked out of place, a concussion and a fractured jaw right here," Blumears said.
So far two people have been arrested for assault.
"It looked like a bunch of thugs, not fraternity brothers," said Richard Suzuki, Blumears' lawyer.
They're suing Tau Kappa Epsilon to help pay the $25,000 in medical bills Blumears racked up.
But some Tempe residents tell us this is symptomatic of a larger problem - fraternities have moved into Tempe neighborhoods ever since the university leveled their housing on campus. Police also say they've seen an increase in calls to service involving fraternities, but Blumears said he hopes this is an isolated, unexplainable act of violence. Even if they win their case, Blumears may never know the answer to one burning question.
"Just why, why did that happen?" Blumears asked.
Blumears said so far no one from the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has given him an apology. He said the president of the fraternity wrote to his offering to pay for his medical bills, but he has yet to hear back.
We requested an interview with ASU on this incident but they sent us a statement saying in par:
"Any allegations of misconduct that are brought forth against students that are part of fraternities are investigated by the university. According to the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct, penalties range from a warning to expulsion from the university. Any criminal complaints are handled by police. ASU has 54 Greek organizations that include 4,000 students. Only a fraction of each resided on Alpha Drive before the last house closed in March 2012. In addition, the majority of ASU's fraternities abide by the Student Code of Conduct. The university has always offered fraternities and sororities the opportunity to live on campus and many do live in residence halls, including 12 sororities that comprise Aldelphi Commons. We are currently engaging students in planning for a new on-campus residential component for all chapters, including those that are currently on campus and those that have chosen to live off campus. The Greek community, including alumni, have been supportive of the plan."
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