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June 3, 2014

Friends host fundraiser for PI beating victims

PLUM ISLAND — With no arrests made more than a week after two local women were seriously injured in a confrontation with a large group outside a Donna’s Way house, a statement released by a lawyer for the two victims questions the police response to the incident and reveals new details about their injuries.

At the same time, the statement emailed to The Daily News by attorney Michael Paige of Newburyport revealed that a fundraiser for the two victims will be held next month.

The violent incident has stunned many Plum Islanders. Police have released few details about the incident, though they have indicated more details and charges will be forthcoming. One woman who was staying at the Donna’s Way home has been summonsed on charges of assaulting and injuring one of the Plum Island women.

According to police, officers responded to 7 Donna’s Way around 2:45 a.m. on Memorial Day where they discovered a house party and an altercation between those attending the gathering and two local women. The large group was reportedly on the front porch when the two women walked by looking for their lost dog.

A verbal exchange regarding the dog took place between the two parties, resulting in the assault on the two women. Neither woman has been publicly identified.

Donna’s Way is a short street lined with a handful of cottages, located in the Beach Center.

“The two ladies were surrounded by 15-20 men and women. They were then viciously and violently attacked. It is unsure at this time if the group were renting the property or were friends and relatives of the homeowner,” Paige’s statement read.

According to the statement, one of the victims was able to call 911 on her cellphone during the attack. In the process she suffered a concussion and bruising from head to toe, resulting in her transport to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

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