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49ers fan in coma after apparent beating outside SoFi Stadium during NFC championship

A view of the empty SoFi Stadium earlier than the Rams performed the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship Sunday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Police are investigating the apparent beating of a San Francisco 49ers fan discovered severely injured in the car parking zone of SoFi Stadium during Sunday’s NFC championship recreation towards the Rams.

Daniel Luna, a restaurant proprietor from Oakland, stays hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in what Inglewood police stated was a medically induced coma.

Luna, 40, was found on the bottom by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics in the stadium’s Lot L about 4 p.m., half an hour into the Rams-49ers contest, stated Inglewood Police Lt. Geoffrey Meeks. Luna was carrying a San Francisco jersey and black pants, Meeks stated.

Emergency room employees at Harbor-UCLA famous wounds suggesting Luna had been attacked and contacted Inglewood police later that night time.

“They believe he suffered from an assault at the stadium to his upper body and facial area,” Meeks stated. Detectives are working with stadium officers to find out what occurred to Luna, he stated.

“We are relying heavily on video to try to identify the people involved,” he stated. “We are going to leave no stone unturned.”

More than 70,000 folks have been readily available Sunday to see the Rams greatest the 49ers 20-17 to advance to the Super Bowl, which SoFi Stadium will host Feb. 13. So many San Francisco followers have been anticipated that the wives of some L.A. gamers campaigned on social media to provide away tickets to Rams supporters.

A spokeswoman for the stadium declined to touch upon Luna’s case, citing the police investigation.

Luna grew up in the Bay Area and owns a Peruvian fusion restaurant, Mistura, on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, in response to revealed stories in regards to the restaurant. Its website Wednesday indicated it was briefly closed. Luna’s spouse was on the hospital with him and, she stated in a quick cellphone name, too upset to talk.

Luna flew to L.A. and attended the sport alone after different followers who have been to accompany him canceled, stated Vernon Hill, a pal from Oakland who’s in contact along with his household. He stated Luna normally chronicled his outings in pictures and shared them with buddies and kin, however they didn’t obtain the standard footage Sunday night time.

He stated that Luna nonetheless had his watch, pockets and cellphone when taken to the hospital, suggesting theft was not a motive. Police stated they might not affirm these particulars.

Until The Times sought to substantiate Hill’s account, authorities had not launched a public assertion in regards to the assault.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Hill stated. “They are having the Super Bowl there.”

The circumstances of Luna’s accidents shared some similarities with one of many darkest days in L.A. sports activities historical past, the brutal 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium car parking zone. Two males have been convicted in the assault that left Stow, a paramedic, with mind harm.

Meeks stated that to date in the investigation, “we have not come across any information” suggesting Luna was focused for being a 49ers fan.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.



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