Friends and loved ones are in shock after the brutal and allegedly unprovoked attack on 42-year-old Keith Boudreau inside the Home Ice Sports Bar last week in Quincy, Massachusetts.
The father of three, who is currently homeless, is clinging to life at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"I was horrified, I could not believe it, I really couldn't believe it," said Michael Nash, a friend of Boudreau.
Paul Fahey, 42, of Quincy, is being held without bail in the assault.
"Completely unprovoked, this defendant went over to the victim, punched him in the face, and then while the victim was lying on the ground, stomped on his head, he also then took the victim and dragged him on the hard floor of the bar, dragged him through the bar and out to a back alleyway where he left him," said Assistant District Attorney Craig Kowalski.
Prosecutors say Fahey has a "history of violence" with at least three previous assault and battery charges in Quincy alone, with time spent in jail and in a batterers program.
Several witnesses including Boudreau's girlfriend told police she and Boudreau had left the bar, and when she went to grab dinner, he went back in and was assaulted.
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"Never in my life would anything happen to him," Boudreau's friend, Brian Gerbeville, said through tears. "He was always so nice to everybody."
Investigators say Boudreau suffered a massive brain injury.
"He's been taken off life support, he's surrounded by friends and family at the hospital as he is there," said Kowalski. "He's not expected to recover from his injuries at this point."
"I miss my friend. I miss my friend dearly," said Nash. "This guy never did anything but treat anybody with respect, and it's so sad that such an animal could do that to somebody."