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Lake Station police chief says charges expected after football game fight

Lake Station Police Chief David Johnson said charges are expected to be filed after an attack at Edison High School Friday night that sent a student to the hospital.

Johnson said police were investigating an incident that took place Friday night when Edison squared off in football against rival River Forest High School in Lake Station. 

A cellphone video widely circulated on the internet showed two teens punching and kicking other teens.

Johnson said there was an open investigation into what happened, and declined to go into detail.

"It is still under investigation," he said. "There is a lot of hearsay in this case and officers are trying to get to the facts. Once we have all the statements and possible videos related to this incident then we can present the evidence as we find it."

A GoFundMe campaign identified the victim as a 14-year-old wrestler who worked on the student newspaper for River Forest High School. Fundraiser organizer Tarra Maksimik, who said she's a family friend who baby-sat the victim, said his family does not have insurance. Her campaign for his medical bills raised $640 from 25 donors as of early Sunday evening, while aiming to raise $10,000 in donations.

"(He) is awake and is breathing on his own," she said. "He has a long road to recovery with his broken bones he has suffered from this horrible incident."

A fundraiser for the injured student is online at www.gofundme.com/medical-expenses-frankie.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.