A North Texas grandfather beaten after picking up dinner at a Dallas restaurant is now well enough to tell his story.
A group of men severely beat 70-year-old Luis Rocha outside the Campisi's restaurant in northeast Dallas on Dec. 5. He was found facedown in the parking lot, semiconscious and still holding his food.
There was no apparent reason for the attack. Rocha's family doesn't believe robbery was the motive because his wallet and other valuables were still on him.
He is still recovering at Baylor Medical Center, but spoke to FOX4 on Tuesday.
He said he and his family have been fans of Campisi's since moving to Dallas in the 70s. He was there that night to pick up a pizza for his sick wife.
He doesn't remember much about the beating, but he remembers walking to his car with his pizza in hand and then waking up in the ICU.
He hopes he tried to defend himself. He knows he lifted his right arm because the suspects shattered it.
Then, they hit him in the head with something like a pipe or a crow bar, and they stomped on his back hard enough to leave boot marks and they broke several ribs and cracked his spine.
Rocha suffered a skull fracture, broken jaw, shattered eye socket, broken shoulder blade, broken ribs and fluid around his heart.
Family members told Rocha it was so bad that doctors weren't sure he'd survive. The priest was called to his room twice for his last rites.
"Technology and science is one thing, but the power of prayer, I think, is why I'm here," said Rocha, who is a former Army officer.
He is out of the ICU, but his recovery will be a long one. He will need three facial surgeries and will likely be in the hospital for at least a month.
"I'm grateful that number one I'm alive, and number two, that I'm able to say what I'm saying just so that whoever is doing this that they get some justice," he said.
Originally it was reported that three men attacked Rocha, but police now say they have no reliable information about the suspects.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
With his family and friends by his side, Rocha says he'll make it.
"I will get through this," he said. "I'm a fighter. Always have been."
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