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Dallas police looking for suspects in Swiss Ave. beating

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DALLAS -

It's been almost two weeks since a man was nearly beaten to death at his Swiss Avenue apartment in Dallas.

While police try to find the attacker, his loved ones hope someone who knows something about it gives investigators the tip they need.

Bryan Bradford, 25, is still in the intensive care unit in a medically-induced coma. His family is hopeful he'll make a full recovery.

However more immediately they hope police will find the person or people who nearly took his life.

"He was just unrecognizable," said Bryan Bradford's father Edwin. He said he didn't believe it was the same person when he saw his son in the hospital bed. "He was swollen, beaten and bruised. His eyes were beaten so bad, they were closed shut," said Bradford.

Doctors had to remove part of Bryan's skull to let the brain swell so as not to cause any more damage.

Earlier that day, his fiancé Anne Marie found him unconscious on their patio.

The blood stain still shows where he was left to die. He was locked out of their apartment.

Investigators told the Bradford family there was no forced entry and nothing was stolen. But, there was a shotgun on the couch inside.

The man who lives above Bradford's apartment was awake at midnight around the time police believe the assault happened.

Three days before, Bradford's truck was stolen from the gated garage ten feet from his front door. Police found it a week later.

So it's understandable why neighbors suspect whoever beat him up knows him very well.

Bradford worked as a 4th year apprentice plumber on the new Parkland Hospital expansion and planned to get married November 2nd.

None of his seven siblings or co-workers think he had any enemies who would do him harm.

"Nobody can seem to think of anybody that might have done this for any reason, just a senseless crime," said Edwin Bradford. "You need to come forward and turn yourself in," he pleads to the suspect or suspects.

The Bradford family says police have told them there are leads but won't elaborate.

There's a $5,000 reward from Crimestoppers for any information leading to an arrest.

People with information can call Dallas police at 214-671-3584 or Crimestoppers at 214-373-8477.

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