Update: Sept. 2, 7:40 a.m.
West Virginia University on Monday released a statement on the 2009 death of Ashburn native and WVU student Ryan Diviney.
“Our sincere condolences are with the Diviney family with word of Ryan’s death," the statement reads. "The Diviney family has been an inspiration in its devotion to and care for Ryan since the tragedy almost 10 years ago. All Mountaineers hold Ryan and his family in our hearts during this very difficult time.”
Original post: Sept. 1, 10:37 p.m.
An Ashburn man who was critically injured during an assault in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 2009 died Saturday night. Ryan Diviney was 29 years old.
The following message was posted Sunday on a Facebook page dedicated to providing updates about the case and Diviney's condition.
“This was a post I never wanted to write. It is with great sadness I must inform you all that Ryan Diviney has succumbed to his injuries. It was sudden and unexpected. The Diviney family is going through waves of unimaginable sadness, anger, and appreciation. Their sadness will be coped with over time and their anger will be directed where it is appropriate.
Mostly the Diviney’s appreciate what everyone has done for Ryan over the past 10 years. Without you all, Ryan would have never received the comfort and care, nor lived as long after the attacked as he did. They are sincerely grateful.
In true Ryan Diviney fashion, he wanted to donate organs to help save others lives. A segment will run on Fox 5 News at 6pm and 10pm tonight and again in the morning, for those that are local. For others who do not live in the area, we will post a clip of it when it is uploaded.
Please check back for updates on funeral arrangements.”
The social media post was signed by Katie Mesmer, a friend of Diviney’s.
Diviney was 20 years old at the time of the attack. An investigation by Morgantown Police found the West Virginia University student and Broad Run High School graduate was punched and kicked in the head around 3 a.m. Nov. 7 during a group altercation. The assault left him with a fractured skull, a broken jaw and bleeding of the brain.
During the assault, West Virginia University student Jonathon May punched Diviney in the face, knocking him unconscious and causing him to strike his head on a raised grate when he fell, according to reports.
At that point, another student, Austin Vantrease, kicked Diviney in the head, according to witness testimony.
The assault left damage to Diviney's brain stem and frontal lobes.
After the fight, Diviney spent several months in hospitals in Morgantown and Atlanta before returning home to Ashburn. He has remained in a vegetative state for the past decade.
May reportedly returned to Delaware after serving seven months for battery for his role in the fight.
Vantrease reportedly received parole in 2014 after serving four years behind bars.
Diviney is survived by his mom and dad, Sue and Ken Diviney, and his younger sister, Kari, according to Fox 5, where Sue Diviney works.
More information can be found at RyansRally.org.