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Riverwalk attack victim speaks out

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

Wesley Spires said he can hardly remember anything from the night he was attacked.

"I had a hard time believing it," Spires said. "I guess I believed it more when I talked to Ashley."

He and Ashley Solesbee were on their first date at the Augusta Riverwalk, at night, when two men, who have been arrested and charged, walked up behind them and beat them repeatedly with either a metal pipe or baseball bat.

A badly beaten Spires then drove himself and Solesbee to a nearby hospital, before going into a coma.

"I guess the Lord gave me strength to get my truck and drive to the nearest hospital," said Spires.

Wesley is out of the coma and recovering. He is in high spirits, in a relationship with Ashley and said he refuses to hold any grudges.

"That's the way I was brought up, not to be mad at anyone," Spires said with a smile. "I was asked yesterday, if I forgave them, I guess I have."

A positive outlook. Something Ashley said she missed when he was in the coma.

"I feel like I have my Wesley back," Solesbee said. "Talking to him is like talking to him before. It feels good to have him back."

While Spires still has a long way to full recovery, he said he appreciates all of the community support.

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