CLEVELAND--A high school student is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after he was brutally beaten and robbed by a group of strangers in downtown Cleveland while walking to the catch the bus home from school, police said.
Sixteen-year-old Cornelius Love, II, has broken bones, a broken jaw, and is unable to speak, his father said.
"He's into all types of sports. He's going to be graduating in a few months," Cornelius Love, Sr., said.
Police said the teen was attacked by seven young males on Tuesday afternoon while walking to catch an RTA bus home from school on E. 18th Street near St. Clair Ave. about four p.m.
"Beaten to the ground and brutally beat him beyond recognition at the time," Cornelius Love, Sr., said.
The downtown area where the student was attacked is a bustling business district during the day.
His father said that during the beating the attackers robbed the high school senior of his cellphone.
His school, C.A.S.T.L.E. Community High School, is less than a block away.
"He's pretty good in school, a very joyful child," Cornelius Love, Sr., said.
Cornelius' father said a woman drove up and saw Cornelius stumbling and injured on the sidewalk, in and out of consciousness. She got Cornelius in her car and drove him to the hospital.
"She stopped. She assisted him, and I just want to thank her very, very much," Cornelius Love, Sr., said.
The injured teen was able to give the woman his family's contact information, but now he is unable to speak, his father said. "He's not able to say anything much. He can squeeze you hand and nod up and down, but they got him heavily medicated."
Cleveland Police are asking anyone with information to call the Third District Detective Bureau at (216) 623-5318.