WeHo’s Kirk Doffing No Longer in a Coma

An alert Kirk Doffing with his niece, Destinie Geisinger. (Photo CBS2 News)
An alert Kirk Doffing with his niece, Destinie Geisinger. (Photo CBS2 News)

Kirk Doffing is out of a coma. Doffing, whose attack on Memorial Day weekend in West Hollywood has sparked concerns about public safety in the city, emerged from a medically induced coma at the end of last week according to sources who asked not to be identified for fear of upsetting Doffing’s family.

Kirk Doffing
Kirk Doffing

At around 9 p.m. on May 24 Doffing, a resident of West Hollywood, was assaulted while walking on San Vicente Boulevard near an alley just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Various sources have told WEHOville that the attackers were inside Rage bar and had an argument with Doffing there. The dispute continued outside, and Doffing was knocked down in the alley behind the bar, hitting his head on the pavement. Doffing was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was put into a medically induced coma. Dr. Joel Aronowitz, a plastic surgeon who is Doffing’s boss, has said that Doffing later was carried to Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. Aronwitz, in a statement to the city’s Public Safety Commission, suggested that Doffing might not recover from the attack.

Doffing now is awake and able to move his hands and legs. However he is not able to talk. He has been able to acknowledge family members who have visited him.

The City of West Hollywood is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the attack on Doffing.

The Doffing assault is one of several in the Boystown area that has caused residents to demand changes in the way the nightlife area is patrolled.

According to information from West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station detectives, the suspects are four Hispanic men in their 20s who were wearing black or dark clothing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Michael Berbiar at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. If a member of the public prefers to provide information anonymously, please contact “Crime Stoppers” — call toll-free (800) 222-TIPS (8477); text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637); or visit the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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fine7760
7 years ago

Gee, my post again was deleted. I guess Hank doesn’t believe in self defense!

Former Staff
7 years ago
Reply to  fine7760

We don’t post comments advocating the illegal use of weapons.

michael dunn
michael dunn
7 years ago
Reply to  Former Staff

Hank, self defense is not illegal.

Guy Privaton (@guyprivaton)

Boots Boots Boots!

this shouldn’t happen again!

Jimmy Palmieri
7 years ago

I am elated. I am hoping for a full recovery for him. What a great week this has been!

Disco Dan
Disco Dan
7 years ago

I’m so relieved that Kirk is out of a coma, but can’t speak yet. Hopefully, this ability to communicate will be restored soon. I wish him only the very best.

Woody McBreairty
Woody McBreairty
7 years ago

This is such good news. I only hope he is able to communicate enough to help identify his attackers & near killers. Such a senseless attack must not ever be allowed to become a commonplace symbol of the West Hollywood we now know & love as a place where all life is celebrated with value & dignity. There simply is not enough law enforcement presence in the city, especially at night. I especially hope Kirk Doffing fully recovers & there is a completely happy ending to this tragic story.

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