Fundraiser Friday Night Raises $20,000 To Help With Victim's Medical Bills

BAYONNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A young New Jersey man is in a coma fighting for his life after police said he was attacked by more than a dozen people over the weekend.

Police said Dawid Strucinski was on his way home from a convenience store in Bayonne around 3 a.m. Sunday morning when he came to the aid of a friend who was engaged in a fight with a group of teenagers.

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CBS 2 obtained exclusive video of the brawl. Watch it below.

“It happened in a matter of seconds. I think they were just out looking for trouble. They asked us from a block away if we wanted to fight,” friend Dan Soutkin told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

Soutkin, who found himself in the middle of the fight, said he saw his friend Strucinski get out of the cab to help, but that’s the last thing he remembers.

Police said the 22-year-old suffered severe head trauma after a mob of 13 to 20 people repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head. Strucinski remains in intensive care at Jersey City Medical Center.

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Investigators said they arrested two teenagers on Friday, in addition to the three Bayonne teens picked up on Thursday — a 16-year-old boy, and two teenage girls, aged 17 and 14.

Charges are pending against three other juveniles.

Police said prior to the attack the group of teenagers had come from a house party on 15th Street where alcohol was served. Alcohol Beverage Control investigators are now involved in the case.

“I don’t know why anyone would do that,” friend of the victim Dave Aziz said on Friday. “I don’t understand. There was no purpose. I keep hearing that they were drunk but you don’t do those things. You don’t do those things to a person. No one deserves that, especially him.”

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A motive for the attack is still under investigation. Investigators said the fight was not gang related.

Many of Strucinski’s friends were shocked by the attack, saying the recent Rutgers University graduate is the type of person that others love being around.

“Honestly, he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life,” friend Steve Grau said.

“It’s hard to believe that someone would ever want to harm him,” another friend said. “He was being a good friend and in turn something terrible happened to him. It’s not fair at all, he doesn’t deserve it.”

“It’s hard to say how he’ll be when he wakes up,” friend Ciffany Lanza said. “But he’ll wake up, he’s a fighter.”

A fundraiser was held Friday at the Polish American Center in Bayonne to help Strucinski’s family with his medical bills. At least $20,000 was taken in, and an additional $5,000 was raised on the Internet.

“He is in everybody’s prayers and it is wonderful what everybody is doing,” friend Michelle Bulvid told Smith.

Strucinski, an avid soccer player, has a passion for law enforcement. He majored in criminal justice and is hoping to join the FBI.

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