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College Student From Ireland Found Severely Beaten, Unconscious in Pacific Beach Alley

Evan White is in a critical condition and remains in a medically-induced coma at a San Diego-area hospital

A college student visiting San Diego from Ireland is fighting for his life after he was severely beaten and found unconscious in an alley in Pacific Beach.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said Evan White, a student at Ireland's University College Cork, was found unresponsive in the early morning hours of June 16 in an alley between Law and Chalcedony streets.

White had been out in Pacific Beach celebrating his 21st birthday with friends the night before the brutal beating, police said.

PB resident Bryan Goldfinger told NBC 7 White was found in the alley in front of his apartment. Goldfinger said only his girlfriend was home at the time police said White was attacked.

"She said she went to bed at 2:30 in the morning after work and was up at 7 a.m. She didn't hear anything," Goldfinger said.

Police said investigators have little to no information about what happened to White; at this point, no witnesses have come forward either.

Since White is in a coma, detectives have not been able to speak to him about what happened.

“The only thing I could think of is, if something had happened elsewhere and then the person [White] was walking this way and either fell or collapsed here,” Goldfinger said.

One week later, White remains critical condition, in a medically-induced coma at a San Diego-area hospital, police said.

The incident is making headlines in Ireland, where many of the reports describe him as a quiet and shy young man.

"It’s scary obviously. We don't like to hear something like that happening in our neighborhood," Goldfinger said.

SDPD is asking anyone who may have information on this case to contact investigators.

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