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Willimantic community hopes vigil will help homeless assault investigation

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About 100 people attended the vigil for two homeless men assaulted in Willimantic. About 100 people attended the vigil for two homeless men assaulted in Willimantic.
About 100 people attended the vigil for two homeless men assaulted in Willimantic. About 100 people attended the vigil for two homeless men assaulted in Willimantic.
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A group of teenagers attacked two homeless men in Willimantic with baseball bats and were severely injured last month. 

The two homeless men were sleeping on the benches at Garden on the Bridge during the early hours of July 20.

The teens even tried to throw one of the men over the bridge into the Willimantic River, police said.

Police continue to search for the suspects involved in the assault, but on Friday evening, a vigil was held for the victims.

"It's going to be with me for the rest of my life," said one of victims, who only wanted to be identified as James. "I'm scared to be here right now but I do have a lot of my support and a lot of people are here to support me and the other guys. It just hurts."

James told Eyewitness News after the attack staples were put in his head and chin. He had a steel plate put in his left arm after the attack as well and a chipped bone removed from his right arm, he added.

About 100 people attended the vigil, which was held near the site of the former American Thread Company.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Willimantic Police Department at 860-465-3153.

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