Soldier attacked in Philly by mob who didn’t like his uniform

Soldier attacked in Philly by mob who didn’t like his uniform
Image: WTXF video screen grab

A soldier’s mom is speaking out after a brutal attack on her son. The serviceman became a target for a violent group after the Mummers parade. He is now in the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him.

“He’s such a good kid. He did not deserve this.”

Lori Freni was supposed to see her 19-year-old Army serviceman son Austin head back to base after the holidays.

“Austin’s in rough shape. He’s pretty banged up,” she told FOX 29.

But now, he lays in Jefferson University Hospital with severe facial injuries after being jumped while leaving the Mummers Parade festivities last night at 3rd and Oregon in South Philly.

“Group of 10-15 guys walked by me (making) derogatory comments towards Austin’s Army jacket,” she explained.

Then she says one of the young men struck Austin before others piled on.

Continue reading →

Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.