The Fourth of July fireworks display was just beginning when Erik Mendoza realized that his 91-year-old grandfather was missing. Thinking he might have gone for his daily walk, Mendoza wandered around his Los Angeles neighborhood searching for him.
What he found was a bloodstained sidewalk.
Mendoza said his grandfather, Rodolfo Rodriguez, a permanent resident of the United States, had been attacked with a brick and taken to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and two broken ribs.
An eyewitness later told The Washington Post that Rodriguez had accidentally bumped into a young girl while walking on the sidewalk. The child’s mother — a black woman — then pushed the elderly man to the ground and repeatedly bashed him in the face with a concrete brick while yelling, “Go back to your country,” the eyewitness said.