He ‘just kept hitting me with the bat’: Canadian Muslim teen brutally beaten by white men
Noah Rabbani, according to the family, remains in intensive care with “extensive injuries to his brain, jaw, limbs and spine.”
Noah Rabbani, 15, was walking the five minutes from his friend’s home in Hamilton, Ontario, to his grandmother’s home just after midnight Sunday, as he has many times before. It’s a quiet residential neighborhood, filled with new homes and considered safe.
Then, suddenly, he later told his aunt Salima Hafeez, a car stopped. He thought it was dropping someone off, she told The Washington Post.
But “’I turn around and see this bat coming toward my head. It was too fast for me to react’” he told his aunt. “’One guy just kept hitting me with the bat.’”
The Muslim teenager, whose grandparents emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970s, was brutally beaten that night. The suspects, two of them, are both white. Hafeez said in a Facebook post that she believes the attack was “race related.”
Hamilton police, in a news release, described it as a robbery.
“It’s frustrating,” she said in a phone interview. “They didn’t take his wallet or his phone. They took his backpack, which had only some books and a water bottle.”
Noah’s aunt told The Post Thursday morning that he had five hours of surgery Wednesday, delayed because of swelling from the beating. She said that he has lost the use of the right side of his body, at least for the time being, has suffered short-term memory loss and had his two front teeth knocked out.