Boise, Jul7 27, 2007 1:00 p.m. - The father of a victim of a violent attack joined the detective working on the case today in asking the public for any more leads that might point to the those responsible.
"I am just glad that Eddy is alive, and he is too," said Mr. Robert Reed of Caldwell. "He realizes it could have been a lot worse, and we know it could have been a lot worse. I thank the person that drove by and found Eddy. I am glad he drove by and helped him out."
Police responded to the call after Eddie Reed, 36 of Boise was found by a passing motorist at about 3:15 a.m. the morning of Saturday, June 3rd. Eddie was lying in the street at 21st & Jefferson in a large pool of blood. Detectives believe Eddie was attacked in the street by someone with a blunt object. Eddie's family identified him today at a news conference. His father says Eddie will have a lifelong struggle with permanent brain injuries as a result of the attack. Eddie remains in the care of a rehab center.
"Had he not been found at that point in time he most likely would have died from his wounds." said Boise Police Det. Matt Brechwald.
Detectives have been able to learn that the attack happened as Eddie was walking home from a friend's house after playing video games. Detectives have conducted a thorough investigation but hope the public can provide them with the missing lead that will point to the attacker.
"Our investigation found Eddie was very well liked in the community," said Det. Brechwald. "We are approaching the public and asking for assistance from anyone who may have been present when this occurred and witnessed it, or anyone who may have heard or seen something that can aid us in identifying a suspect in this case."
Eddie worked as a night production assistant at Citadel Broadcasting in Boise. Citadel employees have organized a benefit concert for Eddie and his family. The concert will feature the country band Emerson Drive and be held Sunday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Cowgirls in Kuna. Tickets go on sale Monday for $15 at the Citadel offices at 15th & Bannock. The band is donating their time and all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Reed family to offset medical expenses. Citadel is also taking donations for the family.
Anyone with any information on the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Calls can remain anonymous and information leading to an arrest could be worth a reward of up to $1,000.