EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11)—Was it enraged, booze-fueled fans who attacked a Jets fan at MetLife Stadium this past Sunday?
It's the question everyone is asking after 23-year-old James Mohr from Fresh Meadows, Queens was beaten so severely, his facial bones were crushed and his brain was bleeding.
His mother Maureen has been existing on just a few hours sleep each night as she and her husband keep a round-the-clock vigil at his Hackensack University Medical Center bedside.
"His face got crushed in pretty badly. He had no defensive wounds," said Mrs. Mohr.
They believe James was sucker punched, which would explain the lack of scrapes on his skin, yet his cheek bone, jaw and eye sock were crushed. After a 4-hour surgery Tuesday to repair the damage, his eye was sewn shut while a drain has been inserted into his skull. All this after some Kansas City fans decided to pick on him.
Jim walked through the J lot, and a woman surrounded by a group of guys started yelling at Mohr. "F--K New York. You all deserved what happened on 9-11."
That was tough for Jim, and any New Yorkers to hear. Jim's dad worked 25 years for the FDNY, his older brother is a firefighter too. Jim remembered saying to the rowdy Chiefs' fans, "That's disrespectful."
The next thing he knew, he woke up in the ICU.
Maureen and her husband Don have gotten a quick medical education. "He has 2 titanium rods around his eye socket and cheekbone. He has four stitches in the back of his head. The brain bleed reabsorbed on it's own."
Mohr, from queens, is a life long fan. A phys Ed teacher in the Bronx, he coaches a JV basketball team, too. He plays soccer, loves the Mets. His older brother and sister usually go with him to the Jets. Now the Mohrs are keeping a round the clock vigil at his bedside praying he'll be home for Christmas--and that the rest of these thugs will be caught.
Maureen stated what everyone was thinking. "I think there should be heightened security."
Sgt. Colin Frenzi of the New Jersey state Police briefly addressed the media outside the stadium this afternoon. "Merle Lee 35 years old, from Newton, NJ approached him and punched him in the face. This attack was committed was a single individual," said Sgt. Frenzi. Lee has previously been sentenced to 3 years time for a drug conviction and recently been arrested for a DUI.
Both the Jets and MetLife stadium issued statements wishing Jim a full recovery. Folks at MetLife Stadium went on to say it was an "unacceptable attack" and want Lee, and any other attackers, "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The Mohr family is already talking to an attorney. It's not unusual to see severe beatings like this get high dollar settlements.