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DOUG POTTER There`s been progress on the road to recovery for a New Orleans musician who suffered head trauma during a brutal attack.

Family members say Doug Potter spoke Sunday for the first time since January.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has reaction and the latest in the criminal case.

“I was elated, I was like oh he’s coming back, and he’s coming back for sure,” Kim Giveans said.

She’s talking about her brother Doug Potter.

The New Orleans bass player was heading home after finishing a gig in the French Quarter, when police say he was ambushed and beaten by two men.

He suffered severe head trauma during the attack and was initially in a medically-induced coma.

Since then he’s been in a semiconscious state at Touro Hospital.

Family members say his progress has been slow, but steady.

Kim Giveans was there Sunday when Doug whispered his first words since the January beating.

“Although he has a tracheotomy he actually whispered, I love you to my sister-in-law and then puckered up a little for her to give him a kiss,” Giveans recounted. “After that I went over and up to him and I said you know me and he said Kim, he puckered his lips for me too that’s all I needed to see, and have, and feel it was wonderful.”

It was just enough to give family members added strength and hope needed for his continued recovery.

Meantime, police are still searching for Terrell Belvin. He has a double-u tattoo on his forehead.

He’s one of two men seen in security camera video the night of the beating.

The other suspect, Reeshawn Arnold, was already in jail on an unrelated charge. Both men second-degree battery.

“I hope they find and get him off the streets so it doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

As the police work continues, so too do prayers for Doug Potter.

“Lots of people are praying all over the world for him. It’s amazing the love that we’re getting.”

If you have information into Terrell Belvin whereabouts you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

If you’d like to make a donation to help offset medical expenses, a Doug Potter Fund has been set up at Capital One Bank. You can visit any branch location, or mail a donation to Doug Potter, P.O. Box 3271, Slidell, LA  70459.