A fundraiser for the victim of the recent vicious attack streamed on Facebook Live has reached over $41,000 on a goal of only $10,000.
WFLD reports that a GoFundMe campaign was started to support the victim of a horrific attack that was streamed on Facebook Live. Four Chicago locals face felony criminal charges, including hate crime and kidnapping, after they tied up and brutally beat a teenager while screaming racial epithets and slandering President-elect Donald Trump. The four accused are all black, the victim is white.
Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, face felony criminal charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery deadly weapon, robbery, [possession of a stolen motor vehicle], and residential burglary for their roles in the incident.
The attack was streamed live on Facebook, and has shocked the nation. Even President Barack Obama has weighed in recently, calling the attack a hate crime. At one point, shouts of "F*** Trump!" and, "F*** white people!" can be heard in the background. The attackers hold a knife to the victim's throat and force him to drink water from a toilet.
The GoFundMe page states its purpose clearly:
Those of you that have seen the horrific torture and trauma recently inflicted on a young man in Chicago, it is not something you will soon forget.
The perpetrators have been apprehended and hopefully swift justice will be served. But let's take an opportunity now to show this young man and his family some financial support during this difficult time of recovery and let him know there are many out there that are here for him.
I've coordinated and verified a number of fundraisers through reddit.com/r/upliftingnews and promise that 100% of funds raised will go directly to this young man and/or his family/guardians. Let's prove to him that there is far more good in this world than the evil he experienced.
The unidentified victim was held hostage for anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, with 30 minutes of the attack being streamed on Facebook Live. The victim is reportedly a mentally handicapped individual from the Chicago area.
"He's traumatized by the incident, and it's very tough to communicate with him at this point," police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said.