VIDEO: Police looking for tips in Belltown beating case

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

Rory Burks (right) is recovering at Harboview Medical Center.

SEATTLE - A video of the 33-year-old man beaten in Belltown has been released by Seattle police, who hope someone can identify people he was talking with.

Rory Burks, 33, suffered serious injuries Monday and is still at Harborview Medical Center, where family said he has damage to the front of his brain. Burks’ mother said her son was attacked from behind as he left a wedding reception in Belltown about 1:30 a.m. last Monday.

“He's just terrified that they're coming back,” she said.

Police found surveillance video of the victim talking with two men and a woman during the evening, and police are now hoping to speak with the trio. Detectives have not yet identified the trio and released the video Tuesday afternoon.

Seattle police have said they’re not sure if Burks was attacked.

“Unfortunately, we don't have anything that says yes, this was definitively an attack,” Detective Mark Jamieson said.

KIRO 7 asked if Seattle police believe it was an accident.

“We've had cases like that before where people have fallen, struck their head and ended up in the hospital,” Jamieson said.

Detectives believe Burks was with his friends in the wedding party until about 1:30 a.m. Monday when he left a hotel at Fourth Avenue and Stewart Street.

The man and a group of friends, who were all wearing matching tuxedos, had planned to go to a bar, but he never arrived at the bar. The man’s friends apparently did not realize he was missing.

After the bar closed at 2:30 a.m., the wedding party was walking back to their hotel when an ambulance driver stopped them and said he had just transported a man, who was found unconscious, hurt and wearing a tuxedo, to Harborview.

“If people saw the victim around Fourth and Blanchard … we would very much like to talk to them,” Jamieson said.

Coast Guard friends said they have setup a medical support fund for Burks, who is covered by his mother's insurance for another three months. Follow this link for information about the Burks fund.

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