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Music professor beaten inside MDC parking garage

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KENDALL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida music professor is back in class after he was brutally beaten at a college campus parking garage, and investigators believe it was not a random attack.

Though he did not want to show his face on camera, professor Marc Magellan provided pictures showing welts covering his head. He needed to take a temporary break from teaching music at Miami-Dade College after the attack, which he said happened on April 15, but this Tuesday, he said, he was back teaching again.

Via email, Magellan sent 7News several pictures and said he was attacked in the parking garage on the Kendall campus. "I get pounced on and punched, and it's a bit of a struggle," he said.

He said while on the third floor, a man surprised him by sucker punching him, and Magellan said, the punches continued until the attacker ran away. "Once he got me to the floor, he was punching the side of my head quite hard, the other side of my head was naturally being hit against the concrete floor of the garage," said Magellan.

Magellan was left with a broken nose and hand. His mother, who also teaches at the college said she and her son have a theory that he was deliberately targeted by a student with a grudge. "It is the end of the semester and some people already know that they are failing, some people have been dropped from the class," said Marta Magellan.

Magellan did not recognize the attacker but does not rule out a student he failed or dropped as having some involvement. "One must've had a grudge. I mean there was no attempted robbery, so it wasn't like someone wanted to take my car or my wallet or anything like that," said Magellan. "I can't imagine anybody else who would have a grudge against me."

He tells 7News: "All who know me consider me to be very nice and peaceful. The only hypothetical individual, who I can imagine would be so upset with me to want to do this, would be a former student with a grudge."

Regardless of who did it, students on campus are shocked. "Maybe, like for situations where they just don't like the teacher and they'll be disrespectful towards the teacher, but never any violence involved," said student Maria Caban.

A MDC spokesperson said they have increased school security since the incident. "In an abundance of caution, we've gone ahead and increased security at the campus, especially in that location on the campus and in the garage where the incident took place, and we hope that in working with Miami-Dade Police that we can find the suspect who was responsible," said MDC spokesperson Juan Mendienta.

"If it can be done once, it can be done again," said Magellan.

There are no security cameras inside the parking garage, but police want anyone with information to call them. Magellan said the suspect got away in a blue sports car, but he could not tell its make or model.

If you have any information on this attack, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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