Family of beating victim asks for help from the community - – Rockford’s News Leader

Family of beating victim asks for help from the community


A Loves Park family pleads for help after one of their own is beaten, almost to death.

Steven Eye almost lost his younger brother Matthew this past weekend after a brutal beating. With Matthew is still in the hospital, Steven wants help from the community through tips, calls, anything that would lead police to an arrest.

"My brother was left for dead, he was badly beaten and left for dead," says Steven.

Steven says around one Saturday morning, someone jumped Matthew near Harrison and 9th Street in Rockford.  Police didn't find him until around 7:00 in an empty lot nearby, unconscious. 
"When my mom called me she was hysterical," says Steven.  

Matthew spent the next 4 days at the hospital, in a coma.  "He had to have a hole drilled in his skull to relieve the pressure of the swelling in his brain. He had really bad swelling in his eyes, he had multiple lacerations all over his face. He has a fractured hip on his left side," says Steven. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."

Matthew turns 28 in a week.  He'll likely spend his birthday in the hospital. Steven says, "He is the only little brother I have, and I want him back home, I want him well."

And with the person or people who beat Matthew up still out there, Steven asks they have a change of heart.  "I want the people that are responsible for this caught, and I would really love it if they turned themselves in."

Steve asks if you know anything about his brother's attack that you call Rockford Police or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867

Chief Dave Hopkins with the Rockford police department says since Matthew is still on a ventilator, he is unable to talk. So the police have been waiting to interview him until he improves.

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