Its believed the attackers were rival NFL fans. Sam's girlfriend Bridget Kitson, initially wrote on Reddit that the suspects were Seattle Seahawks fans who attacked her boyfriend for simply being a Packers fan.
She wrote: 'Sam and two friends were at a bar watching the Green Bay Packers game. There was no problem at the bar. Three guys walked by and made an unprovoked comment to Sam about the Packers. One of them sucker punched Sam. He had no idea it was coming. Then he hit him again, and Sam fell to the ground hitting his head on a curb, fracturing his skull. He was knocked unconscious. He never fought back.'
Surveillance video has been released of three men making a purchase at a convenience store, although it is not clear at this stage whether they are the suspects.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said Sam was punched by a man in his 30s with a thin build and wearing a black jacket. He is clean cut and stands about 5-foot-11.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page which has raised $42,000 so far to help pay for Sam's medical bills. His mother Kelly shared her thoughts: 'Sam will be unable to return to college this semester or to work, indefinitely. The side of his brain that "finds words" is injured so he has trouble calling things by their correct name. He calls water "bathroom" for example. Part of his skull was removed so he will have to wear a helmet for weeks or months until his next surgery.
'He and his devoted girlfriend will face staggering medical bills and loss of wages. I will use my own resources to help but this money will be to specifically help them keep their apartment and help with daily expenses until Sam can return to work. I hope it will keep them stable for 6 months.'
|Sam and his girlfriend before the attack|