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3 sought in beating of Navy veteran

Michael Stinnett-Kassoff is a BU sophomore.

Michael Stinnett-Kassoff is a BU sophomore.

The Boston University student beaten Saturday morning near the school’s south campus is a 27-year-old veteran of the Navy who transferred to the school this fall, according to his brother.

The victim was identified by Ellia Kassoff as his brother, Michael Stinnett-Kassoff.

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According to Kassoff, the undergraduate student was headed to his on-campus apartment near Beacon Street and Park Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday.

A car sped by coming “within inches” of him, Kassoff said. When Stinnett-Kassoff yelled at the car to slow down, the driver turned the car around. Three men got out, came over, and kicked and punched Stinnett-Kassoff, his brother said.

“Michael said it happened so fast that he had no chance to run,” Kassoff said. “He didn’t even feel the need to run at first because he thought they were coming back to apologize.”

Kassoff said his brother had no idea that the men were going to “start beating him up for no reason.”

He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital , where he was initially listed in critical condition, according to Boston police.

Kassoff said his brother was expected to be discharged Sunday night.

Stinnett-Kassoff,who served in the Navy for about a decade and is now a sophomore, transferred to the university this semester and plans to study political science, his brother said.

“I had gone to Boston University too, so I was just there a few days ago, helping him set up,” Kassoff said. “I feel bad that this happened to him. I thought this was a very safe area.” Kassoff said university police and Boston police are investigating.

Anyone with information can report it anonymously to Boston police by calling 1-800-494-8477 or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to 27463.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JaclynReiss.
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