Chris Bowd Gets His OB Rag T-Shirt – Welcome Home, Chris!

by on September 1, 2009 · 6 comments

in Health, Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  We were finally able to meet Chris Bowd after all this time.  Patty and I went to his OB home and presented him with this OB Rag T-shirt that a friend had bought him.  Chris is the OBcean knocked unconscious July 4th during a mystery assault.

Since his release from the series of hospitals he stayed at,  Chris has been back in OB for a couple of weeks, has been bicycling around the community, he has returned to work at UCSD, and is trying to claim back the life he lost of several weeks.

He has caught up too with all the dear comments left by friends and strangers to the various articles about him, his situation and his progress on this website.  He is very appreciative also of everything that people have sent him in terms of good vibes, prayers, and get well thoughts.

Chris had been in a coma for about three weeks. On July 4th after the fireworks, he had run out of money, and was returning to his home in south OB, when he went down that fateful alley – between Newport and Niagara. During his traverse of the alley, he was apparently severely assaulted and  beaten. He stumbled out from the other end, and collapsed in a pool of his own blood next to Cable, with facial and head injuries.  Paramedics got to him around 11pm after a 9-11 call.  It was not until early the following morning that he was discovered in a local hospital by his friends, unconscious.

After his injuries, there was silence from his family and close friends.  This “silence” was one of the excuses that San Diego mainstream press used to ignore Chris’ story – not all but most.  Now we find out that there had been a request from his UCSD department head for them not to talk to the media.

However, close friends were giving us information and leaving comments and updates as to his progress over the weeks.  In the meantime, local mainstream media essentially ignored his situation – in substantial contrast to the attention that a young Australian tourist lad received when he was also severely beaten here in OB by local homeless guys a couple summers ago.

To this day, Chris is not exactly certain of what happened that night. He does know that he received excellent medical care while he was laid up. He said when he first returned to OB, he felt it was July 7th, just a few days after the holiday – not the weeks since the assault.

Chris is also very frustrated with the progress of the police investigation and when we saw him this afternoon, had not spoken to the investigators for awhile.  He thinks that anyone with a potential assault charge like this wouldn’t hang around in San Diego.

The main thing, I told him, is that he is back and basically okay – and really in good shape considering he was in a coma for weeks.  Chris seemed truly amazed at the outpouring of well-wishes from his fellow OBceans.  He had never really experienced anything like it.  And of course, he doesn’t ever want to again.

Welcome back to OB, Chris. Your friends and neighbors are really glad that you survived and have returned to the community.  Now, maybe somebody will find whoever did it to you.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Patty Jones September 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

It was great to finally meet you Chris! Glad you’re back home and hope you get fully recovered soon.


Dave Sparling September 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Welcome back home Chris, stop in a catch a poem or a comedy bit, you know where.


jon September 2, 2009 at 9:14 am

It’s so good to see you back on your feet Dr. Bowd. We don’t know each other, but I’ve been sending out positive vibes to you and your friends and family since we first heard the news. We are a tight community and nobody wants to see one of our local boys hurt. If there’s anything at all you need, we are here for you still. Welcome home!!!!

p.s. nice shirt.


Shawn Conrad September 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

Get beaten, fall into coma, and get a free t-shirt!

So worth it!


CJ September 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I would like to believe that this cowardly act of violence was not committed by a “local”; however, if you pay attention to the daily crime reports in OB assault has become an almost everyday reported crime. I would suggest that the community pay attention to what is happening in the neighborhood and do whatever it takes to counter this disturbing trend.

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Tess Abunto October 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Great to know that you’re OK Chris! Just want you to know you were in our thoughts and prayers. I’ve been keeping track through the blogs and OB rag news.

Hope to see you soon when I go visit UCSD.


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