(NEW YORK) — A college student who was injured by an explosive device in New York’s Central Park earlier this month has returned home and is recovering, his family said this week.
Connor Golden of Fairfax, Virginia, was climbing rocks in the park on July 3 with friends when the explosion badly mangled a portion of his left foot, resulting in the removal of his lower left leg and foot.
Golden, 19, had been recovering in a New York City’s Bellevue Hospital for the last few weeks.
“The Golden family is deeply grateful to the health care professionals in New York who cared for Connor and to the many individuals who made the family’s stay in New York as comfortable as possible,” according to a statement released by his family on Golden’s GoFundMe page.
The family has already raised more than $60,000 toward its $75,000 goal.
The NYPD believes the explosive had originally failed to detonate and was discarded, only to be accidentally discovered by Golden.
Police said there’s no indication the blast was terrorism-related.
NYPD is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest and indictment of the individual or parties responsible.
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