Ashburn’s Diviney Dies 10 Years After College Attack

A 29-year-old Ashburn man brutally beaten outside of a West Virginia bar a decade ago succumbed to his injuries over the weekend.

            A 2008 graduate of Broad Run High School, Ryan Diviney was a 20-year-old student at West Virginia University in November 2009 when he was attacked by two men following an argument outside of a bar in Morgantown, WV. According to reports, Diviney fell after being struck by Jonathan May, hitting his head on the way down, and then was kicked in the head by Austin Vantrease. May served seven months in prison for the attack, while Vantrease was paroled after four years.

            The traumatic brain injury sustained in the attack left Diviney in a persistent vegetative state, and he had been cared for round-the-clock by his family in their Ashburn home. They kept the community up to date on his condition on their Ryan’s Rally Facebook page and blog. It was on the former that news of his death was posted Sunday.

            Friend Katie Mesmer, who announced his passing, called his death “sudden and unexpected.” While noting that the family is experiencing a wide range of emotions in dealing with their grief, Mesmer wrote that they were appreciative of the community’s support over the years.

            “Without you all, Ryan would have never received the comfort and care, nor lived as long after the attack as he did. They are sincerely grateful,” the post read.

            Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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