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A memorial in the area of the Payne Phalen neighborhood where a brutal beating left a man with brain damage in St. Paul.

Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Fundraiser Saturday for St. Paul man nearly beaten to death

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET
  • Star Tribune
  • October 4, 2013 - 8:52 PM

A fundraiser is planned Saturday to help pay for the recovery of Ray Widstrand, the 27-year-old who was nearly beaten to death this past summer in St. Paul.

Widstrand was returning to his apartment on the night of Aug. 4 when he was beaten as he walked through a crowd near Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Widstrand suffered severe brain swelling and was initially placed in a medically induced coma. According to his Caring Bridge site, Widstrand is now going through therapy at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

The “Putts for Ray” fund­raiser will take place at the Goodrich Golf Dome at 1815 Van Dyke St. in Maplewood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include a mini golf tournament, a silent auction, raffles and food. The $20 entry fee and all other donations will go to a fund set up to help Widstrand as he recovers from his injuries.

 

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