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Navy Veteran Studying At BU Describes Brutal Beating In Brookline

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — Boston University student Michael Stinnett left Brigham & Womens Hospital on Sunday night thankful to be alive and walking.

The 27-year-old retired Navy veteran was brutally attacked early Saturday morning in front of his apartment on Beacon Street in Brookline. “The first guy hit me in the face and that’s when I fell, and then all three of them started kicking me,” Stinnett said.

Stinnett said all he could do was cover his head and wait for the beating to stop.

The BU student said it all started when he was crossing in the intersection of Beacon Street and Park Drive. He said a car nearly hit him. “I stood there looking at the car saying what the heck,” Stinnett said.

The car then quickly came back around, and that’s when police say three men got of the vehicle and started kicking and punching him.

Stinnett suffered multiple wounds to his head, arms, hands and back. “When I woke up, I was on the curb covered in blood,” Stinnett said.

Stinnett just started studying at BU six weeks ago. “I was lucky and shocked that this happened on the BU campus. I thought I was doing everything safely. That’s why I chose to live on campus,” he said of his neighborhood, which is separated from the main BU campus by the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Police are investigating the attack.

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