His head is stapled closed. His face still shows the wounds that left it bloodied and bruised. His heart along with several bones are broken.
But it was Darrell Arthur who, despite his wounds, was feeling sorry for his attackers. He spoke from his hospital bed. "I feel sorry for people who do things like this. I mean I help everybody who I possibly can."
In the name of help, Arthur took the time to give a hand to a little boy having bike trouble on the Monon Friday night. He then cut grass for a friend of his. On his way back home, the help that Darrell is known for giving he so desperately needed himself.
"I kept saying to myself 'I'll be home in ten minutes' and then, at that point, I don't remember what happened."
Darrell says the last thing he remembers is riding his bike along a stretch of the Monon near 33rd Street and Sutherland Avenue, but then his ride abruptly stopped. Police say he was then beaten, robbed and left for dead.
He continued his story. "Apparently they tried to hide me so the Police Department wouldn't find me. There were baskets and buckets and an oil stained cloth and I was down underneath all the stuff."
No more space remains along the window sill in Darrell's hospital room. It's now crowded with flowers from some of the people Darrell's helped. The attached cards come from both from the Damien Center, which he helped to start, and Lawrence Central, where he worked in the Special Ed department. Now it's Darrell who's asking for help.
"I hope people are able to help you find out what happened to me. Because I don't know what happened to me and I think that's what makes it so scary."
Darrell is now in fair condition at Methodist Hospital. Fortunately, someone passing by saw him alongside the trail and called for help. Yet, at this time, no witnesses to the attack have come forward. If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.
This is a shocking story. I've rode my bike on the Monon Trail from downtown to Broad Ripple on numerous occasions. At no time have I feared for my personal safety. It is curious that Arthur's beating took place a week ago and is only just now being reported in the press. Is the City deliberately down-playing crimes on the popular trail? Was it a hate crime?