MIAMI, FL—Officials from the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) have arrested two unidentified suspects in the case of a 17-year-old boy who suffered critical injuries in a brutal attack outside Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami. According to information provided by WSVN, the assault victim, who suffered a broken nose and also fractured his jaw in two places, has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries at home.
Reports indicated Christopher Lardner was in the parking lot of Coral Reef Senior High School following a Nov. 30 basketball game against Miami Killian Senior High School when he was violently beaten. Emergency medical crews subsequently rushed the assault victim to Kendall Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
According to the Edward Lardner, the teen’s father, “He was defenseless, he was unconscious, yet he was continually pummeled… He is a young, strong boy, but he doesn’t know right now who hit him.”
Lardner’s sister, Angela also told reporters, “He doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves to be beaten that way. Nobody deserves to be in that condition… He wrote to me on a little clipboard, because I wanted to ask him, I wanted to get down the facts of what he knew, and he told me no, and I believe my brother.”
Lardner, who was forced to undergo surgery to have rods placed in his jaw—which currently prevent him from speaking— was discharged from the Miami hospital on Dec. 4. It is expected to take a few months for the teen beating victim to recover from his assault wounds.
While reports suggested the Lardner family hired an attorney, they have yet to file a lawsuit in connection with the horrific high school beating. It was not clear what charges the unidentified suspects are facing with regard to the school attack.
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