Mother identifies Sylacauga HS student beaten in possibly racially motivated attack

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 2:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2016 at 2:58 AM CDT
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Source: Family photo
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SYLACAUGA, AL (WBRC) - A 17-year-old Sylacauga High School student is recovering at UAB Hospital after police say he was attacked following the Homecoming football game Friday night.

Brandi Allen, the victim's mother, identified her son as Brian Ogle.

Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says a large group of students gathered in the parking lot of the old Ace Hardware behind the Sonic on W Fort Williams Street in downtown Sylacauga.

Johnson says one or more black teens assaulted Ogle, a 17-year-old white teen.

When officers arrived, they found him bleeding from his head. Medics took him to the Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga and he was then
airlifted to UAB Hospital where he is in critical condition recovering from head injuries.

Allen says her son suffered a broken skull in a few places and is bleeding from the brain.

Johnson says witnesses are telling police there was an incident at Sylacauga High School last week involving the victim and some of the persons
of interest. He says there may have been a verbal exchange or a social media post about the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, which may have sparked Friday night's assault.

Investigators will be interviewing witnesses and getting an update on the victim's condition Saturday.

Charges will be determined by the District Attorney's office.

Johnson says there are a lot of rumors flying around right now and he wants to assure the community they will do a thorough investigation.

Sylacauga Police Department is asking for anyone with information to please call (256) 401-2450.

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