Family, friends in shock after Comstock Twp. man assaulted in Calif.

Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
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COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Family and friends of a West Michigan man severely beaten in California are in shock tonight.

San Francisco Police tell Newschannel 3 that 31-year-old Bryan Higgins was found unconscious Sunday morning, after he had been assaulted.

They say once he is removed from life support Wednesday, it will turn into a homicide investigation.

Higgins--originally from Comstock Township--had since moved to San Francisco.

Dozens of people are expected at Bronson Park just after 6:30 p.m.--the same time that we're told he will be taken off life support at a San Francisco hospital (3:33 local time).

Friends Jimmy Adair and Katey Davis are still trying to comprehend how it could have happened.

"He was so outgoing," Davis said. "Bryan was crazy, he was boisterous, he was wild, he was funny, he was unique."

According to police, Higgins was beaten and critically injured Sunday morning in San Francisco.

"It was a shock, because why would anybody want to hurt somebody like him," Davis said.

Davis tells Newschannel 3 that she had known Higgins since middle school, and he was a big part of the radical faerie community in San Francisco.

The community describes itself as a group of gay men looking for a spiritual dimension to their sexuality.

Around the community, he was known as "Feather."

Adair and Davis saw Higgins just last month, when he was in town to celebrate his wedding.

Now, just a few weeks later, family and friends are saying goodbye.

"We just wanted to be a part of the same time that San Francisco loses him, so do we," Adair said.

Higgins was expected to be taken off life support Wednesday afternoon--a celebration of his life set to take place both in San Francisco and Kalamazoo, at the moment that it happens.

"I don't know what we'll do without him, but he is forever in our hearts, and on our mind," Adair said.

San Francisco Police say they are still looking for a suspect, and are still looking for a motive.

The vigil for Higgins will take place at Bronson Park just after 6:30 p.m.

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