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January 17, 2013

NYC police: Central grad expected to recover from attack

Victim from Andover involved with non-profits

Kevin McCarron, a graduate of Central Catholic High School where he was an honor student and captain of the 2006-07 hockey team, was making a slow recovery in a New York City hospital yesterday after a beating that left him unconscious with a fractured skull on a Greenwich Village street.

McCarron, 24, of Andover, was beaten outside a pizza restaurant at the edge of Washington Square Park and the New York University campus at 5:15 Sunday morning after an argument with another group of seven men, according to police and news reports.

It was not known what caused the fight, but it may have been the result of someone sitting on the car McCarron and friends had driven into the city.

Two young Brooklyn men were arrested and charged in connection with the beating, police said.

McCarron had been at the restaurant with a group of eight others that included his older brother, Patrick, a 2005 graduate of Central Catholic who also was injured but not as seriously.

New York City police Det. Brian Sessa said last night that Kevin McCarron is expected to recover, but did not elaborate about his condition.

He is the son of Timothy and Kathleen McCarron of Andover. Yesterday, they and other family members were at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, where he was in the intensive care unit. They declined to be interviewed.

After graduating from Central Catholic in 2007, McCarron earned a bachelor’s degree in public and community service studies at Providence College in Providence, R.I. In Providence, McCarron also volunteered for several non-profit agencies, including the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and the Wanskuck Boys and Girls Club.

After graduating from Providence, he went to work for a small stipend at YouthBuild Lawrence, a Haverhill Street non-profit that provides education and training to high school drop-outs.

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