• ONLY ON 11: Family of man in coma after random attack says he likely won't recover

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    MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. - The sister of a man who police said was robbed at random of $60 while walking through a park in McKees Rocks last month told Channel 11 News he likely won’t recover.

    “The doctors tell us there is no hope for his brain. His brain is completely damaged,” said Tina Ernst, the victim’s sister.


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    According to Ernst, her brother, 44-year-old David Poole, was walking home with a friend near West Park on May 26 when they were surprise-attacked by three men.

    Ernst said her brother was hit in the head with an object and taken to the ground, cracking his skull.

    She said Poole, who has four children and one stepchild, has been in a coma for nearly a month. Doctors told Ernst that even if Poole survives, he’ll live out the rest of his life as a vegetable.

    "The doctors tell us there is no hope for his brain. His brain is completely damaged," Ernst said. “I just want them to know that they took someone's life; someone's son, someone's brother, someone's father."

    Ernst said her brother was attacked all for $60 and his phone, which wasn’t found at the scene. The robbers also got away with his friend’s purse.

    One eyewitness gave a vague description of the attackers, saying one individual was tall with a large afro and the others were shorter. All were described as being in their 20s.

    Authorities said the investigation is being transferred to homicide, but so far, no suspects have been identified.

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