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Musician beaten in Soulard, believes he was a victim of the “Knockout Game”

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A local musician is recovering from injuries he suffered from an attack for no apparent reason.  Tom Hall believes he was the victim of the knockout game.

Hall was taking a shortcut down a Soulard alley Thursday night.  He was in a hurry to make it home in time to watch the St. Louis Blues game on television.  Hall said that was a mistake.  He said 4 of the suspects got in front of him and asked for a cigarette and a light.  He had a bad feeling.   Shortly after he said a punch from a 5th person came out of nowhere.

“He just creamed me right in the eye.  I saw stars. I fell down. I hit the fence and then he started kicking me,” said Hall.

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He said he was bleeding profusely when someone else walked by and the suspects walked away laughing and talking.

Hall is a well-respected musician in St. Louis.  A family member started a GoFundMe Page for his medical and recovery expenses.  Hall said he has been overwhelmed by the response and just wants to get on with his life.

Hall said more than the punishment of jail time he really wants the opportunity to sit down and talk with his attackers to try and understand why they did what they did.

He said if in fact he’s the victim of the knockout game he won because he’s still playing music.