Graduate student Natasha McShane and her friend, Stacy Jurich, were seriously beaten with a bat and robbed in Bucktown last Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported. A Northern Irish national, Natasha McShane was out celebrating with her friend upon learning that she had gotten an internship after earning her degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The student, 23 years old, and her 24-year-old friend sustained head trauma and are being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Natasha McShane underwent a medical procedure to reduce pressure in her brain and is in critical condition, while Stacy Jurich is in serious condition.
The graduate student's parents flew to Chicago upon hearing the news and said they have never encountered this type of violence before. Grandmother Bernadette McShane spoke on behalf of Natasha McShane's parents:
"They're distraught. And they're very shocked."