This South Padre Island Spring Break Beating Left a Brookhaven Student in the ICU (Video)

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Our friend Daniel Rodrigue, once a writer here and now a journalism teacher at DCCCD's Brookhaven College, sent word this morning that one of his students, Derek Madrigal, was the victim of a vicious beating on the beaches of South Padre Island over spring break. The story is popping up in the media this morning -- NBC has it, and the News just blogged it -- but Rodrigue tells us his friends, and the cops, are hoping people see the video and can identify the people involved.

Madrigal, 21, is reportedly in the ICU and has already undergone multiple surgeries for as many as nine stab wounds. The video was first posted to LiveLeak.com.

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lupe
lupe

My class mate!!! The people who did this need to be dead!!! Hope they get them!!

Jdwms1990
Jdwms1990

You people that say you wouldn't come to aid because of fear for your self need to consider things. I'm speaking to the men standing around watching. This is a warning to show the true colors of our generation. Enough people were in the crowd to stop the men beating him. I know I would have jumped to his aid. Knifes or not no man deserves that. If one man stands against all of them defending a lady, a couple of good men could have stopped them. It's sad to see how weak our generation is, and we act the toughest. I hate to stand with yall as my peers. Thank you to the soldier who dragged him to safety. I'm also a brookhaven student, but don't know the victim. You have my respect as what real men should do in that circumstance.

Erik
Erik

Karma struck me by having to read your stupid comment.

Jdwms1990
Jdwms1990

Erik I bet you would be watching just like the rest of the weak that were there. You're one of the people that don't deserve to call your self an American. Your words bring dishonor to your name and family.

Erik
Erik

Prolly big dumb jock runnin his mouth.

KARMA
KARMA

That's an incredibly f---ed up thing to say..If you weren't there, shut your mouth and have some respect, or at least have some empathy. If you can't do that I don't consider you a human being.

Katie
Katie

Even if that were true, I'd much rather defend a dumb jock than associate with a judgmental a-hole posting anonymous hate comments on a news site. GROW UP. You're no more worthy to breathe the air on this earth than anyone else.

Norman Madrigal
Norman Madrigal

fuck those guys that did that shit to my cousin >:/

Jdwms1990
Jdwms1990

Regards to your cousin and family. Hope to see him around brookhaven again.

Pontoontang
Pontoontang

please do not flame me but..mexicans aren't humans

MckTsh
MckTsh

I couldn't believe the vicious attack on Derek Madrigal.  It was nothing more than attempted murder.  Everyone who didn't help in anyway should be brought up on charges of aiding and abating on the attempted murder by the group of drunken hyenas.  I hope they are proud of this video that shows them being less than a real man.  I would have loved it to have been a fair fight, I guarantee that not one of those lowly hyenas would have been left standing. Now a beautiful man lies fighting for his life due to these low lifes.  Attack with ice chests, really?  Wow!  Stabbing?  Really?  Did you all come with a plan to the beach? Definitely premediated murder was on all your minds if you were carry knives.  You hyenas better pray Derek doesn't die cause ya'll are going down for this one.  And for the rest of the dumb asses that just stood there and watched, you all know the saying, "What goes around, comes around."  Don't even think you all are free from this incident.  Carma, very bad carma coming your way.  Just saying...... 

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

File your first complaint with the TABC, then go after the Gang Task Force. They were there and didn't do shit, before, during or after. Thnis is the Team Obama effect at it's worst.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

This sucks, as a resident I split for Valley Trash Week. What I'm told is that this happened at what is being referred to as Occupy Coke-A-Cola Beach Bash. The thugs were gangbangers from San Antonio, TABC were present but did nothing cept bust colledge kids, same with the Gang Task Force. Kid was trying to get the ass hole to stop harrassing his girl friend. Texas Week was a real mess this year. Prayers to him and his family.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I used to love SPI when I was a kid..havent been back in years...guessing its pretty much devolved into a mix of Pleasant Grove meets FL...

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Nahh- Been here since 89' it has evolved, got a bunch of retired assholes from Colorado and California, public service types. Cuz of NAFTA the Valley has expolded, now we're dealin' with a Lone Star Card economy not to mention the Narco effect. We ain't Florida though idiot develpoers think we are, love seeing them cocksuckers go broke. Us denizens take care of our own and we will survive and prosper inspite of these social engineers. Late Spring and Fall are still kickass so is Winter cuz the Gray Panthers are here. Last week was Texas Week, it's always a mess, even the Chief of Police got his foot runover by a punk during a traffic stop.

truth
truth

whats really sad about this entire situation is that the girl who got punched is a stripper..

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Still doesnt matter in my book..He was doing the right thing. 

truth
truth

noone deserves to be left in the ICU for defending a SLUT

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

DCCCDCCDCC counts as a college student on spring break 

brett
brett

and Perry and his minions warned us to stay away from Mexico....

Lets be honest
Lets be honest

If the victim was black this would be on EVERY news outlet.

jfpo
jfpo

Not easy being a persecuted white guy these days, is it?

pak152
pak152

the media is reluctant to name the ethnicity of the attacker except if  it they are white, victims are nearly always identified by ethnicity except of whitefor example the shooter in the Trayvon martin case is rarely identified as being Hispanic.

but then we all know that whites can never be the victim of a hate crime

cp
cp

Oh shut up.

Let's focus
Let's focus

 If they had been hitting him with moon rocks, somebody else would be saying it was faked on a sound stage. Stay on topic. There are other places on the internet for you to race bait.

txnomad
txnomad

Bad things happen every year down there, but this is worse than normal.  It's common knowledge that most of the spring breakers there are there to get blasted and party all week, but yet people act surprised whenever bad news like this comes from it.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Theres a difference from getting drunk/high and asking a chick to show her tits on the drag and knocking a woman out, then getting stabbed for coming to her defense. The suspect is 33 years old, here's hoping he does hard time...

txnomad
txnomad

Check the stats.  Rapes, assaults and beatings happen every year there.  Heck, I just did a search on google and found many news stories from previous years.  I saw a group of drunk frat rat types walking around trying to start fights the first day I went there, and the rest of the week saw at least a couple fights a day.  Yeah, what a blast.

Albert
Albert

That's attempted murder, he's looking at 15 years, probably serve 1 year. But he will have learned his lesson, we're sure.

Guest
Guest

Makes me sick to my stomach. I hope the people who did this get caught and get their asses beat daily in prison.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Thats just wrong...the witnesses to this thing who refused to step in are just as guilty as the people who started the fight...

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

 Just like everything in life that has already been covered on Seinfield

txsphd
txsphd

Animals...and I mean the spectators for not stepping in before it got out of hand. What kind of people stand around and watch something like that and not offer or GET help?!

Marvin
Marvin

What kind of people stand around and watch something like that and not offer or GET help?!Or at least get better video. 

Steven
Steven

The kind of people who like not getting stabbed.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

..or as I like to call them, cowards. Thats what these howling animals are, pure and total cowards..They may not go to jail for their actions, but they'll live with the guilt of watching someone being stabbed in front of them for the rest of their lives..

NewsDog
NewsDog

Actually, the quote is...'Son, fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life...'  

Mike
Mike

Dean Wormer said it all: being young, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life. Whether it is in a crowd of completely wasted adults at South Padre or a similar crowd of completely wasted adults outside a club after closing time, you need to learn to avoid situations where one or two people lose it and everyone else by character or physical incapacity cannot stop them.

not sure what I'd do
not sure what I'd do

I'm glad you're out there, chris.  everyone needs a jesus from time to time.

Justin Westerman
Justin Westerman

 Do you remember the woman who was being robber at knife point in Queens New York and the homeless man who stepped in to help got stabbed. She got away but he laid in his own blood on the sidewalk as 25 people walked by. Its not that they didn't want to be the hero homeless man, its that they didn't want to be the dying helpless homeless man. In a crowd of drunken people, one person trying to do the right thing is easily outnumbered by chaos. I would not have stepped in, I value my life and would have just been considered a threat and I too would have been in ICU or worse. I feel sorry for those who were hurt but this is the danger you take in a crowd of drunk strangers in a world like this.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Its still cowardice nonetheless in my book. 

txnomad
txnomad

Or they are too drunk to care.

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