Parents of Ole Miss student assaulted in Austin speak

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 6:56 PM

AUSTIN --  It's a phone call Greg Otter never wanted to get.

"The phone call I received early Saturday morning was the second worst phone call a parent could ever receive. It totally changed my world," said Otter in an exclusive conversation with KVUE.

Just after 2 a.m. paramedics rushed his son, 21-year-old Carson Otter, to University Medical Center Brackenridge with life-threatening injuries. Police say a passenger in a silver sedan got out of the car near the intersection of East 7th and Trinity streets and punched Otter, knocking him to the ground.

His mother focuses on all the good that's come from the tragedy. 

"God has such a big hand in this. He's watching over our baby, and he is listening. We'd just like to ask for prayer, just to cover him as he goes on his road to recovery," said Candy Otter.

The senior real estate finance major goes to school at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. He was in town for the Ole Miss game with University of Texas friends. His parents say he was wearing an orange T-shirt that night, but he can't remember what happened.

"He's able to recall things in the past. He knows his friends. He wouldn't necessarily know the friends he was with or what's going on here. He knows he's had an injury. He knows he's got to recover. He's getting great care," said Greg Otter.

Witnesses have come forward to tell police what happened at the intersection that sparked the punch. Investigators tells KVUE the argument was not about the game. It's not clear yet what it was about.

"Carson is recovering. It's a long journey. It's a marathon, not a sprint. He is getting better," said Greg Otter.

Doctors expect Carson to stay in the hospital another two weeks. After that he will undergo extensive rehab.

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