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Family seeks answers after alleged assault

Steve Hensley is a disabled veteran. He was attending the Fourth of July fireworks festival at Day Island Park and that was the last any one of his family members saw of him before receiving word that he was found badly beaten in the parking lot behind Joey's Pizza on A street.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 5:08 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- One family is searching for answers after they say their father was beaten and left for dead the night after the 4th of July.

Steve Hensley is a disabled veteran. He was attending the Fourth of July fireworks festival at Day Island Park and that was the last any one of his family members saw of him before receiving word that he was found badly beaten in the parking lot behind Joey's Pizza on A street. 

Cassie Hensley is his daughter and she says that he was found at around 7AM the morning after in a parking lot behind the restaurant.

He was then taken to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and immediately air-lifted to OHSU.

Cassie recounts his state after the alleged attack.

"He was unconscious. His eyes were swollen shut, he was bleeding from every part of his face," said Hensley.

She said he suffered brain injuries and damage to every part of his head and face.

She says since that night - nothing has been the same.

"There are little slivers of who he used to be, {but} a part of my dad died that night."

She says her family is heartbroken, losing sleep, getting physically ill - and just waiting for any improvement.

"We're moving his belongings out of his apartment," said Hensley. "That's really hard because it's a concrete symbol that things have forever changed for him, for us, for our family. This is just the worst."

Springfield Police said they are investigating, but haven't been able to interview him at this time due to his injuries..

Cassie said the department has been mostly helpful, but she questions why the process is so slow moving.

"Why would you wait two-weeks?" asked Hensley. "This is just crazy, and I don't want to talk bad about them because they're great and this is a great town and that's why it's just shocking."

KEZI reached out to OHSU and they said that Hensley was still in serious condition. Cassie says he just got moved from the ICU to acute care Friday.

As for Cassie and the Hensley family, one question remains. 

"Who is doing this? Who would do this? And whoever it is, we need to protect the rest of our people here."

She also said there is a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

If you saw anything that evening or have any information you are asked to call Springfield Police.

You can donate to the family's GoFundMe page here.

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