Yale Choir Group Beaten in Frisco

Baker’s Dozen, a Yale singing group, was attacked while singing on tour. This story is a ridiculous reminder that all a Capella groups should be armed at all times:

The Baker’s Dozen are a 58 year tradition at Yale. They’ve put out two dozen albums and toured the country, with appearances at the White House and Los Angeles Lakers games.

When their winter tour brought them to San Francisco, retired police officer and department lawyer Reno Rapagnani arranged a New Year’s Eve party at his home in the group’s honor.

“I had given strict orders to my daughter that if anything got out of hand that the party would be over,” Rapagnani said.

The trouble started at midnight after the Baker’s Dozen sang the Star Spangled Banner. Witnesses say a few local young men didn’t appreciate the attention the Yale students were getting, made fun of their conservative dress and began taunting them and making threats.

Witnesses say Richard Aicardi, 19, and dressed in a Santa hat, was the most aggressive.

“Very, I would say juvenile,” Sharyar said. “Taunting to the point where it was just unnecessary.”

Aicardi took out his cell phone and called in reinforcements.

“He said I’m 20 deep, my boys are coming,” Rapagnani said.

As the Baker’s Dozen left the house they were ambushed. Five, six, seven assailants attacking each member. Their injuries ranged from scrapes, black eyes, a badly sprained ankle to concussions.

The most seriously injured, Sharyar Aziz, was rushed back to New York for reconstructive surgery on his jaw, which is wired shut for eight weeks. He’ll forever have two titanium plates in his face. The varsity squash player will miss the season, which is now underway. He’s trying to remain positive.

“I can’t just look back at that incident and be depressed for the next two months,” he said. “I have to learn to deal with what’s been given to me.”

What especially concerns the Aziz family is that police detained four of the attackers but did not make an arrest, and a full week later they still haven’t made an arrest.

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