The family of a South Florida man who was the victim of a brutal attack in downtown Miami spoke out Monday in the hopes of finding his attackers. Rene Jesus Betancourt remains hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital following the vicious July 7 beating that left him with a severely fractured skull. His father, Rene E. Betancourt, describes how he found his son.
The hospital treating the South Florida man who was brutally beaten in downtown Miami over the weekend opened a fund Tuesday to aid in his recovery.
Jackson Memorial Foundation, the main fundraising source for Jackson Health System, said it opened the fund for 22-year-old Rene J. Betancourt, who remained in the hospital Monday.
The skater was attacked Saturday night and sustained severe injuries to his face. His father, Rene E. Betancourt, said he found his son in a parking lot just down the street from the hospital, and that his son was trying to get there on his own.
Betancourt told his family that he had been jumped by four or five black males, a Miami Police report said.
When doctors examined Betancourt, they found he had a fractured skull, fractured left orbital bone, laceration to his head and blood clots in his head, the report said.
Betancourt's father said his son had been living abroad until recently, and was going to meet with a group called Miami Downtown Skaters when the attack happened.
"He was beaten almost to death and somehow he could get into his car and drive away, and he tried to reach Jackson Hospital but unfortunately he could not," the elder Betancourt said.
Anyone interested in helping can make a donation here. The foundation will also accept checks made out to Jackson Memorial Foundation with the victim’s name in the memo line.