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EWU student, athlete badly beaten with baseball bat

CHENEY, Wash. -

A rising track star at Eastern Washington University was brutally beaten with a metal bat earlier this month. As of Monday, 20-year-old Drew Schreiber remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Hospital. He’s currently in a medically induced coma. 

Police say two of three men responsible for the beating are behind bars but there’s still a big question as to why they did it. Police say Damien Dunigan who appeared in court on Monday and John Mellgren who was in court last week, beat Schreiber with a baseball bat. Both men are being held on a $1 million bond. 

“No parent ever wants to get a call at 3 a.m. in the morning to hear that their son is in intensive care two hours away and you probably break some traffic laws getting here. It’s terrible,” said Alan Schreiber, Drew’s father who lives in the Tri-Cities area. 

Court documents say three males assaulted Drew at the Grove Apartments in Cheney, kicking him repeatedly and hitting him in the head with a metal bat three to four times. The force of the blows were so strong, the bat actually bent. “He is hanging on,” said Alan.

Now Alan’s son has multiple skull fractures and a brain bleed, a position that he says he doesn’t want to see his son in but he knows Drew is a fighter. Drew’s mother and friends are rallying together for him. Alan says Drew will pull through and justice will be served for the people that did this.  “I think they are going to be in prison for a long time. They are going to get what they deserve,” said Alan. 

Chris Shane, head cross-country coach at EWU, says Drew is the type of athlete that any coach would want to work with. He’s positive, fun to be around and always wanting to improve. “Just a solid athlete, one that you get every so often,” said Shane. 

He excels in running.  In fact, he’s an all around solid student. Drew graduated from high school with honors. Taking a track scholarship to the University of Washington, led him to transfer over to Eastern Washington to study for a masters degree.  “Super, super talented and always comes to practice with a smile on his face,” said Shane. What happened to him stuns Shane. “Nobody should ever have to go through something like this,” said Shane. 

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley says they are searching for a third suspect in this case. He also said that he’s never seen an assault this barbaric. 

According to Drew’s family, there is no connection to Drew and the three people involved. Police say it’s unclear if there is a connection.

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