UPDATE 5/21/12 @ 7:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fifteen days after being admitted to the hospital, severely beaten and left with a brain injury, James Queen walked out of the hospital.
"I've lost 24 pounds and I'm very week," Queen says. "I've had to learn to read, write, and feed myself all over again."
Queen was beaten outside a local convenience store on May 6. The prime suspect is a 17-year-old boy from Logan County, W.Va.
The suspect is months away from his 18th birthday, and the Queen family is hoping he'll be tried in the court system as an adult.
"I just hope justice is done the way it should be done," said Pam Queen, who is James' mother. "The way I've had to suffer, they should suffer, too. That's all I want done.'
The hearing scheduled Monday was continued. The store clerk who witnessed the attack was unable to make it to court.
James Queen's family showed up at the hospital and to court wearing "Justice for James" T-shirts.
"I feel that even though we can't get out (our) voice today, these can be our voice," says James' sister, Sandra Vance. "I can be the voice for my brother. When no one wanted to listen, this will make them listen."
The attack happened in the parking lot of the Speedway station along Corridor G.
Police say James Queen, of Logan County, was brutally beaten and left for dead. He's currently on life support at a hospital in Charleston.
Police say they have filed charges against a 17-year-old from Logan County. They are working with law enforcement in Logan County to arrest the juvenile.
Detectives say they have identified everyone else in the video.
Queen remains in critical condition.
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Police say 27-year-old James Queen was assaulted at the Speedway on Corridor G. A clerk called for help after seeing the attack and paramedics arrived to find him clinging to life.
"He was unresponsive when they found him," said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, of the Charleston Police Department. "He became somewhat responsive when they took him to the hospital, but due to his injuries he couldn't talk to police."
Surveillance video at the gas station shows four people with James that morning, and police want to speak with all of them.
James' family told WSAZ.com that he was with people he considered friends that night. They also said people in the group turned on him and beat his head against the hood of a car, then snapped pictures of the attack with a cell phone.
"He rode to Charleston with people he thought were friends, and now he's on life support," said his mother Pam Queen. "Be careful who your friends are."
The family is now helping police with the investigation, and they say they won't rest until the attackers are behind bars.
"They need put away for everyone's sake," said James' father Donald Queen. "When you see what shape that boy is in and what they've done to him, you would fully agree with me,"
Anyone with information on this crime should call Charleston Police at 304-348-6829.
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