19-year-old tourist recovering after losing foot in Central Park explosion

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MANHATTAN -- Police are still searching for a motive and the person who planted a homemade explosive device in Central Park that injured a teenage tourist.

The family of 19-year-old Connor Golden held a news conference at Bellevue Hospital to thank his doctors and nurses.

"He is strong, he is resilient and he is going to be fine," said Kevin Golden, Connor's father.

Connor Golden of Fairfax, Virginia lost his left foot and part of his left leg when he stepped on an explosive device hidden in the rocks of Central Park on the eve of the Fourth of July.

Right before his first of three surgeries, Golden was told by the doctor that he may lose his left foot. But Golden, a music major at the University of Miami, was more concerned  with his hands.

"Connor said that's okay, just don't take my hands," his father said, fighting back tears. "He was happy his hands are still intact. He's a musician so that was his one thought at that moment."

Kevin Golden said his son was carrying his keyboard instrument called a Linnstrument when the explosive device injured him.

Connor Golden has since resumed playing the instrument in his hospital room. Golden's love of music could even help him in his rehab, said Dr. Toni McLaurin, the head of the 19-year-old's orthopedic surgery team at Bellevue.

"Anything that the patient loves will encourage them in rehab," McLaurin said.

Connor's father is asking for the public's help in solving the mystery of who planted that explosive device in Central Park.

Kevin Golden said his son holds no ill will towards New York City for the amputation and painful recovery.

"We as a family have visited New York often and explored the rocks in Central Park," Golden said. "Little did we know something like this would happen."

The NYPD is offering a $12,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who planted that homemade explosive device in Central Park.

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