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January 18, 2013

Speedy recovery for attack victim

Central hockey star may be home tomorrow after brutal NYC beating

Kevin McCarron was walking around the halls of a New York City hospital yesterday and may be home by tomorrow, six days after the former Central Catholic High School honor student and hockey star was clubbed into unconsciousness and left for dead with a fractured skull on a city street.

“I just heard that Kevin is doing really well,” Central Catholic’s director of alumni relations, Zibby McCleary, said in an email to the school’s faculty and staff late Wednesday night. “They are very hopeful that he will come home Saturday.”

In a second internal email, McCleary confirmed that McCarron’s brother, Patrick, also was injured in the attack, but said his injuries were not serious.

Kevin McCarron, now 24, graduated from the Lawrence school in 2007. His brother graduated in 2005.

“It is going to be a long recovery, but he’s on the right track,” McCleary said about Kevin McCarron. “He has many Central friends by his side and supporting his family, who are very thankful for all the well wishes.”

The recovery may not be a full one. A New York City newspaper yesterday quoted unnamed police sources as saying McCarron may have permanent damage to his motor skills.

His parents, Timothy and Kathleen, have been at the hospital but have declined to be interviewed.

McCarron’s rapid recovery at Manhattan’s Weill Cornell Medical Center was occurring as the second of his alleged attackers was arraigned for second degree attempted murder and first degree gang assault in Manhattan Criminal Court just before midnight Wednesday.

Sherif Rizk, 22, of Brooklyn, was remanded back to the Manhattan Detention Complex after he was unable to post $15,000 cash bail or a $30,000 bond. He remained at the jail last night, according to the New York City Department of Corrections.

A second suspect, Hatem Farsakh, 24, also charged with attempted murder, has been released on $5,000 bail.

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