Another woman beaten in Westport says attack caused her to suffer in more ways than one

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just days after a metro woman shared her story about a man violently punching her in Westport, another woman has come forward to share a similar story.

Like the other young woman, Carly Richter hopes her story will help others become more aware, saying she doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else.

Richter still has a hard time talking about what happened on January 11. The 23-year-old was at The Union in Westport, when she says a group of strangers started punching and kicking her.

“The longer it went on the more I thought they were just gonna beat me till I died,” she told FOX 4’s Megan Brilley.

She described that it felt like hours, and after several minutes, a stranger helped pull her out of the brawl. Her face was covered in blood, and her eyes were so swollen she could hardly see.

“My boyfriend took me to the hospital after that, and they told me my nose was broken in three different places,” she said.

The back of her head was bleeding, and scrapes covered her body. Richter says she could've dealt with broken bones, but then learned something else.

“I also found out I was pregnant while I was in the hospital,” she said tearfully.

Richter lost her baby a few weeks later. She said doctors told her it was likely that the attack was the cause of her miscarriage.

“I ended up losing my job, and I lost my baby,” she said.

Westport business owners say they've been putting in extra funding to make it safer, specifically by adding extra security. They say in the past few months there's been a big decline in Westport crime.

“I think there's gonna be incidents here and there just like any other city or entertainment district, but for the amount of people here, the large sample size we have, it's a very safe place,” Westport Ale House general manager Eric Flanagan said.

Richter disagrees. She believes there are more victims out there who are too scared to report it. She hopes her story reaches them, and they join her.

“I think everyone should come forward and try to put a stop to this. Or it's just gonna keep happening. You never know if you're gonna be beat to death. You never know if you're gonna make it out alive,” she said.

Richter filed a police report, but so far no arrests have been made. If you know anything, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.