An East Valley teenager remains hospitalized in Florence, Italy, days after he was brutally attacked with a golf club in a brawl outside a nightclub.
Evan Bailey, 19, a Chandler resident who graduated in May from Dobson High School in Mesa, was on a European tour with other Dobson graduates when he was attacked after an altercation between Italian and American young people at a nightclub early Saturday morning.
According to Italy’s La Nazione newspaper, the fight started after some of the American and Italian teens had a heated exchange over an American girl in the group. The Italians waited outside Space Electronic, a club popular with foreign visitors, to attack the Americans, according to Florence authorities.
U.S. State Department officials would not confirm the victim’s identity, only stating that they had assisted an “injured American in Florence.”
But comments posted by Dobson graduates on MySpace. com indicate that Bailey was the victim.
Police arrived after one of the Italian youths struck Bailey with a golf club.
His injuries included a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging, according to the newspaper reports, and he was transported to a local hospital, then later transferred to a neurosurgery hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Bailey’s parents left for Florence earlier this week.
The aggressor was taken into custody. Police have identified five other Italians as having participated in the beating.
According to The Florence Newspaper, doctors successfully operated on Bailey on Wednesday, but they are waiting to see if he suffered any brain damage that will affect his speech.