BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Walking back after a night out on the town, a 20-year-old man and his girlfriend were trying to find a way home just after midnight Friday when a group of teenagers piled out of a passing SUV and beat him on the sidewalk near South Station. Days after the attack, the Boston Police Department says they have charged four juveniles in connection to the incident.
The victim, Adam Neufell, sustained a broken nose, a busted lip, a concussion severe enough to cause sensitivity to light and loud noises, and bruising all along his body. Neufell is a drummer for a three-man modern rock band named "Young Other," that was supposed to perform on stage in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York the week following the attack.
Young Other Lead Singer Dale Belliveau told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement that those concerts had to be called off and refunded to give Neufell time to recover from his injuries. Band members say the drummer was waiting to be picked up at South Station after he and his girlfriend had missed the train heading home.
Video of the assault circulating online shows the juveniles beating Neufell while his girlfriend tries to get them to stop, after which the suspects fled and took Neufell's hat, something Belliveau says he believes was stolen as a trophy of the incident.
"It doesn't make any sense— what was the motive? It's extremely heartbreaking, it goes far beyond just the physical pain that was caused. The emotional trauma passed down between both of their families, between us within the band, and so many people across the country who were showing support," Belliveau said.
On Facebook the three-man band Young Other asked for thoughts and prayers for Neufell's quick recovery.