Man Attacked at Yuba City Bar Weeks Before Wedding

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YUBA CITY --

It was March 12, a Saturday night out in Yuba City.

After an annual beer festival, police say crowds made their way into Cellars and Sudz on Plumas Street. The violence started just before 10 p.m., and officers believe it began with a fight between a group of women.

"It's just heart wrenching that something like this in our little community would happen," Yuba City Resident Maria Tobias told FOX40.

Police say it appears Chris Shipley was not involved in the brawl, but somehow he got badly beaten and left unconscious with cuts and fractures to his face.

"You definitely get a sense of 'oh my goodness, what is going on with our society?' that you hurt someone so bad for no reason. There's no reason," Tobias said.

Tobias' daughter was at Brewfest. She and others in the small town are disturbed by what happened to a young man with a good reputation and a bright future.

"Upbeat, classy guy — always respectful. That’s the kind of guy I know him to be," Tobias said.

The outpouring of community support is seen on an online fundraising page for Shipley. It says he was with his fiance the night of the attack, and the two were supposed to get married next weekend.

For now, the wedding is postponed.

"Your heart goes out to them. This is a young man with a future, and his wife-to-be has been traumatized by this." said Tobias.

Police identify the suspect as Elvis Uriostegui. The 34-year-old turned himself in the day after the assault. His family didn't want to comment about what happened.

The District Attorney's office is still reviewing the case, and charges against Uriostegui have not been filed.

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