June 29, 2020 at 6:59 pm PDT | by Brody Levesque
Black Trans Man, 18, brutally attacked, Bakersfield police investigate

Kristian Rouse, Family photo

BAKERSFIELD – The Bakersfield Police Department confirmed Monday to the Los Angeles Blade that detectives are investigating the brutal attack on an 18 year old graduate of Highland High School’s Class of 2020 this past May 13.

Kristian Rouse, a Black Trans male, was found unconscious by his mother and a former girlfriend after he had failed to contact his mother. The attack nearly ended the young man’s life the family told local Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET-TV 17.

He still called me every single day to tell me he was safe, but one day I just didn’t hear from him,” Euryduce Darrington, the young man’s mother told NBC17 News.

According to Darrington, she and her son’s ex-girlfriend went to The Springs Apartments in Southwest Bakersfield where he was living KGET reported.

We kept banging on the door,” said Darrington. “She [his ex-girlfriend] jumped over the gate for the balcony and could see him there.”

Darrington told investigators that she had one of the apartment complex’s maintenance employees to open the unit’s front door.

My child was laying on the floor,” said Darrington. “He could barely speak, barely breathe. He had marks around his neck, his face was swollen, he had bruises on his torso and his back and his shirt was off. He’s transgender and that is not a nice thing to do.”

Rouse was hospitalized in the local critical care ICU breathing via a ventilator for nearly four weeks but has since been moved to a long term acute care rehabilitation hospital in Covina in Eastern Los Angeles County, where he’s working on regaining full movement of his leg and arm Darrington said.

The teenager has communicated with investigators and family members that he doesn’t remember any of the details of the attack, although he is unable to speak due to the scar tissue in his throat from being intubated.

To assist in defraying expenses the family has set up a gofundme account.

Bakersfield police are asking anyone with information on the attack to call detectives at (661) 327-7111.

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