Madina Lake's bass player Matthew Leone was severely beaten by a woman's husband after he witnessed a domestic dispute and attempted to help her from being hit by her husband in his hometown of Chicago.
The woman's husband turned on Matthew, attacking him, leaving him with a broken jaw and nose and a fractured skull. The swelling in his brain was so severe, doctors had to remove one third of his skull.
His brother and Madina Lake frontman Nathan Leone has been by his side since he was put in the hospital earlier this week. Nathan says:
"Matthew is a hero in my book. He's an angel. He put himself at great harm. He walked about half way there and witnessed a guy beating on his wife. Where we come from, violence against women is absolutely disgusting…He got in the middle and tried to make sure she was okay. The guy proceeded to beat him from behind."
Luckily, Matthew is conscious and is talking now. Nathan adds:
"He does recognize me. It was touch and go for a while there, but at this point, things are starting to turn around, which is wonderful. The first couple of days, he couldn't recognize me or say anything coherent, but this morning he did. And now he's aware and talking and moving around a little, which is wonderful. So the prognosis is getting better by the hour.
We don't have health insurance. It's a horrible coincidence, because as we've been on tour, it's been hard to manage bills.
The outpouring of support has been amazing. Every band we've ever toured with, every Facebook and MySpace outlet has been going crazy with love and support. We've heard from friends, fans, neighbors, labels and management. It's honestly overwhelming. When something horrible happens, you're inclined to despise humanity, but this proves how many amazing people there are in the world…They helped save his life."
Chicago police have arrested the husband and charged him with a misdemeanor. He has yet to be charged in connection with Matthew's beating.