Aaron Salazar is described as a happy, outgoing student at Portland State University.
Tuesday, Salazar remained in a coma at Renown Hospital in Reno a week after he was brutally beaten a week ago at an Amtrak station in Truckee. He has a damaged brain stem and a broken pelvis.
"It broke my heart. He did not look like Aaron at all," his cousin, Sonia Trujillo, told FOX40. "His face was beaten. He was swollen."
Salazar was traveling from his home in Colorado, back to Oregon. But made a stop in Truckee.