(WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The family of a Luzerne County man says they are seeking justice for their son– who is now fighting for his life after being severely beaten over the weekend. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.
26-year-old Richard Meier of Luzerne was attacked outside his apartment. He’s been in the I.C.U ever since.
“I’m devastated, I’m at a loss for words. That’s all I could say,” Marilyn Meiers said. Marilyn and Richard Meier have been holding a vigil inside the intensive care unit of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital since Saturday night. Their 26-year-old son Richard was severely beaten Saturday night outside his apartment on the 300 Block of Union Street in Luzerne.
“He just woke up today, finally. We just talked to him a little while ago. He said hi dad and hi mom. That’s a good thing but he’s still not out of the woods yet” said Richard Meier.
He suffered serious brain injuries. And needs more surgery.
“They say he might not make it through surgery. I’m a nervous wreck I really am,” added Marilyn.
Shaun Lehman is Meier’s roommate he saw the attack unfold. He and Meier were in their second-floor apartment when Meier came down to talk with a woman he works with. That’s when the violence erupted.
“Richie came downstairs and this guy came and punched him really bad and got him to the ground. I told him to stop, he didn’t,” said Shaun.
Lehman thought his friend would die.
“I thought I was going to lose him. I was crying my eyes out all the time,” said Lehman
“I want justice, you just can’t go around trying to beat somebody up and trying to kill them,” Meier said.
The Meiers say they and their son know who the attacker is and have provided that information to the police. Detectives say they are confident there will be a quick arrest