McShane Struggles A Year After Attack

SILVERBRIDGE, Northern Ireland (CBS/WBBM) — It has been one year since a 23-year-old woman from Northern Ireland, Natasha McShane, was beaten with a baseball bat during a robbery in the Bucktown neighborhood.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, McShane’s father says her recuperation has been “very difficult.”

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McShane, now 24, was taken back to her native Northern Ireland from Chicago last July, and her father, Liam – speaking to WBBM 780 from Northern Ireland – says the family has been second-guessing the decision to bring her home.

“We’ve been thinking we shouldn’t have come; we should have stayed,” he said.

The family spokesman in Chicago is attorney John Colbert, and he says McShane’s condition is not improving.

“There hasn’t been significant progress made,” he said. “In actual fact, she’s taken a couple of steps back.”

Colbert says when McShane was in Chicago, she was walking with assistance, but, “right now, she’s wheelchair-bound” and she barely speaks.

Liam McShane says the family doesn’t even ask doctors about Natasha’s prognosis.

“We don’t even want to know,” he said. “Whatever surgery she has to have, just get it done, and hope and pray.”

Around 3:30 a.m. on April 23, 2010, McShane and her friend Stacy Starl Jurich were walking in the 1800 block of North Damen Avenue when they were attacked under the old Bloomingdale Line railroad viaduct.

A robber brutally beat the women with a baseball bat and took both their purses.

Heriberto Viramontes, 31, and Marcy Cruz, 26, are now charged with two counts each of attempted murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery.

McShane was an exchange student from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, attending the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was also a part-time waitress at Butch McGuire’s tavern on Division Street.

  • Dave

    My heart goes out to Natasha and her family. I hope and pray that things will take a turn for the better.

  • joe

    Ironic twist, the jerk who did this has a half sister who started a building on fire and severely injured 2 little girls, what a rotten family! Hope they burn in hell!

  • maddas

    The perps are 2 of the many nice visitors from the south who only come here for better opportunities, certainly not to commit crimes.

  • RTC

    Here are some encouraging thoughts from the Bible.

     And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37:10-11)

    For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it. (Proverbs 2:21-22)

    . . .When the wicked ones sprout as the vegetation And all the practicers of what is hurtful blossom forth, It is that they may be annihilated forever. (Psalm 92:7)

    . . .With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” . (Revelation 21:3-5)

  • RTC

    I hope these thoughts from the Bible provide some comfort to people as troubled by this senseless crime as I am

  • Barry

    I have been reading in the Chicago Suntimes this has happened.I hope both girls get better.Its a shame that people are out there in this worl who do things like this.Natasha is in my prayers.I hope U keep us updated on her progress.

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