Bucktown Bat Victim Starts to Speak

By Kate Allt
|  Thursday, Jun 3, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
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Beating victim Natasha McShane has begun to speak for the first time since she was attacked with a baseball bat in Bucktown last April.

McShane’s progress is slow, but she has started speaking a few words, including "yes" and "no," the Chicago Tribune reports.

There were multiple reports that McShane would never speak again, so for her family, those few words are a small miracle.

"She’s a very strong-willed girl, and if anyone can do it, Natasha can," McShane’s grandmother told the Tribune.

McShane was beaten with a baseball bat when she was walking home with a friend, Stacy Jurich, who is currently undergoing rehab. The Chicago community has rallied behind the two women, holding fundraisers in their honor.

The two suspects in the case have been charged with more than 25 indictments, including attempted murder and aggravated unlawful restraint. Police caught the pair when they attempted to use one of the victims’ credit cards.
 

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