Published April 01, 2010
A 21-year-old university graduate was clinging to life after he was found poolside with massive head injuries while on spring break in Mexico, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Joseph "Zeke" Rucker was in a coma with skull fractures and bleeding on the brain since the mysterious incident occurred on March 15 in the holiday hotspot of Cancun.
He traveled there with a friend as a gift from his parents to celebrate his recent graduation from Rutgers University, N.J.
When the pals returned to their hotel after a night on the town, Rucker decided to hang out by the swimming pool.
Hotel security discovered him in the early hours of the morning (local time) about 30 to 40 feet away from the pool, lying in the grass with severe head trauma.
"He has two huge skull fractures in the back of his head and he has internal bleeding in his brain and hematoma," his father, also called Joseph Rucker, told CBS.
"It's apparent that there was some random act of violence."
"Where he was found, there was no place for him to fall. There wasn't a balcony," his mom, Annie Rucker, added. "He was found in a soft, grassy area."
The couple pushed investigators for answers on what happened to their son, but said they received very little support from the Mexican police so far.
Rucker, who graduated in January with a philosophy degree, spent several days in a Mexican hospital before being flown to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where he is under heavy sedation and in a coma.