Son of Missouri lawmaker brutally beaten in Columbia

Joel Grisamore after the attack.
Joel Grisamore after the attack.

The son of a Missouri representative from Lee’s Summit underwent facial reconstructive surgery Tuesday after being brutally attacked earlier this month in Columbia.

Joel Grisamore, a 23-year-old senior studying business at the University of Missouri, is the son of Rep. Jeff Grisamore, who is leaving office in January after eight years.

Joel Grisamore was attacked and beaten unconscious by two unknown assailants the evening of Dec. 8 on an upstairs patio at the Campus Bar & Grill. A co-worker of Grisamore was able to break up the fight and the assailants fled.

“They continued to beat him after he was unconscious,” Grisamore’s father said. “They could have killed him.”

The motive is unknown.

Jeff Grisamore tweeted Tuesday as his son underwent facial reconstructive surgery that lasted almost two hours to repair a shattered nasal bone.

“Pain intense,” Grisamore tweeted.

Between the time of the attack and the surgery, Joel Grisamore was able to continue working two jobs and to complete his final exams.

Joel Grisamore is also a sergeant in the Missouri National Guard and leads the ROTC Cannon Crew at Mizzou games.

Columbia police have a partial description of the assailants but have made no arrests.

Jeff Grisamore is term-limited out of the Missouri General Assembly, but he said he would encourage a discussion of whether bars should be required to install security cameras to help law enforcement in cases like this.

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