COLUMBIA -- Tyrone Mayfield opened his eyes two days ago.
His family says he can squeeze hands and raise two fingers. But the 28-year-old Chester man still hasn't spoken since he was brutally beaten on the Fourth of July.
Two brothers, Cedric and Carlos Evans, were charged in the attack last week. Both were being held Tuesday at the Chester County Detention Center on charges of assault and battery with intent to kill. Both have been denied bond.
Investigators still don't know what prompted the holiday beating, said Chester Police Chief Mike Brown. Officers found Mayfield lying in the Brooklyn Street area just after 1 p.m. that day. Mayfield was incoherent and bleeding from his nose, mouth and ear.
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Witnesses told police three people kicked and punched Mayfield, according to a police report. Before officers apprehended the Evans brothers last week, Brown said police had arrest warrants for three suspects.
But on Monday, Brown said investigators had determined the third man didn't attack Mayfield, although he was at the scene during the beating.
Carlos Evans, 23, and Cedric Evans, 20, live in a mobile home at the intersection of Ashford and Brooklyn streets, in the same neighborhood where Mayfield was beaten.
"He is so quiet and doesn't bother anybody," Mayfield's sister, Rita, said about her brother.
On July 4, she said, Mayfield and his older brother Chris planned to go to a cookout in the Brooklyn area.
Mayfield's brother tried to stop a fight, and he went to help him when violence erupted, Rita Mayfield said.
"I guess they thought Chris wanted to jump in the fight," she said. "Tyrone and Chris was trying to be peacemakers."
Rita said Mayfield was pummeled, once being picked up and slammed on his head. A father of four, Mayfield is a trained welder, but his sister said his brain injuries might prohibit him from working.
"This incident might have just ruined his life," she said.
Mayfield's condition has improved from critical to fair at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, a hospital spokeswoman said. His three sisters and brother have rallied around him.
"It's all we got," Rita Mayfield said. "After my momma died, it's just us five."
They lost their mother to cancer in January.
"We ain't even gotten over her death yet," she said. "Now, we're struggling with him."