Marion County

Father of 2 in ICU after beating at Salem park

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) -- A Salem man is in a coma after being badly beaten at Hoodview Park in Salem. 

Hoodview Park is a popular place for families to hang out and it's not uncommon to see a lot of kids there on a nice day. But it was different Saturday when Lucio Fernandez was found on the basketball court going in and out of consciousness. 

"We just saw the guy laying on the concrete with blood," Nikolai Goniski said. 

Witnesses told police Fernandez had been in a fight with another man, who ran away. Fernandez has been in the ICU ever since and is currently listed in critical condition. 

Fernandez is the rock and sole provider for his family of 4, including kids ages 2 and 5.

His wife, Jazmine Fernandez declined to be interviewed but told KOIN 6 News nurses expect her husband to be in the hospital for at least another week.

Goniski was at the park with his son when he saw the aftermath of the fight. He said there have been disturbances in the area before.

"I'm not surprised because there is a lot of crime that goes on here," Goniski said. 

A mother who was at the park Wednesday disagreed. 

"This doesn't seem like the area to do that," Carolina Vera Simmons said. "There has never really been any confrontation at the park or the grounds where the basketball court is, so it kind of blows my mind."

Salem police don't have any information about the suspect or suspects involved in the incident. 

There is a GoFundMe set up to support the Fernandez family


More Stories

Meet the Team

  • The KOIN 6 News Team
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

  • KOIN transmission info
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    KOIN transmission info

    KOIN 6 is changing transmission frequencies on June 1, 2018

    Read More »
  • Where We Live
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    Where We Live

    Each week, KOIN 6 News anchor Ken Boddie highlights an interesting piece of information about Where We Live

    Read More »
  • KOIN 6 Mobile devices
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    KOIN 6 Mobile devices

    Any device. Anywhere. One address: KOIN.com

    Read More »

Latest News - Local

Video Center