Beach teen fighting for his life after being beaten with a bat

Posted at 7:30 PM, Apr 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-11 16:38:15-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A Virginia Beach teenager continues to fight for his life after being beaten with a bat early Sunday morning.

Right now, the family of 17-year-old Matt McGloon says he's at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in a medically induced coma.

"He was beat with the bat to the head and he’s now in the hospital and we are hoping for the best right now," explained his sister Kelsey McGloon. "Because of the severity of the condition we just have to wait and the waiting sucks."

Wear your Hawaiian shirt to support Beach teen recovering after being beaten with bat

McGloon was at a small gathering at home off Lynnhaven Drive early Sunday when another teenager hit him with a bat in the yard.

Jimmy Barnes with the Virginia Beach Police Department tells NewsChannel 3 that a 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Kelsey McGloon simply can't comprehend the attack.

"I don’t know what would even provoke someone to do that, like how can you do that," McGloon said. "I could never do that."

Right now, though, she is focusing all of her energy on her brother's recovery, driving down from James Madison University to be with him.

"It’s been almost surreal. Like when I go and see him it’s not Matt because it’s not. He’s not talking to me," Kelsey McGloon explained. "Matt is always the one when we are in situations like this that he cracks the joke because he’s so funny. So it’s just really hard because I need Matt to be here with me looking at this kid in the bed."

Kelsey McGloon says she can't wait to hear her brother sing again and wishes there was more she could to help him right now.

"He’s just awesome. He’s funny and he’s adorable and he loves his family. He’s just – he’s my best friend," McGloon said. "I hate that he’s in pain and that I can’t do anything to help him right now."

McGloon says she and her family have high hopes for Matt's recovery and that it's "amazingly beautiful how much support we have gotten."

The family is asking for NewsChannel 3's help to drum up a little more support on Friday.

McGloon says Matt and his friends always wore Hawaiian shirts on Friday and she wants people to wear one this Friday in support.

If you would like to help, click here to visit their Facebook page.