The news that four black people in Chicago kidnapped, tortured, and beat a mentally disabled teenager horrified the entire nation. Thankfully, authorities moved quickly, arresting the four thugs responsible and charging them with a hate crime, thanks to a video of the crime which showed them repeatedly making slurs about Donald Trump and white people.
As for the victim, his family initially reported that he was having a difficult time adjusting after the brutal attack against him. However, things may finally be looking up for him. A GoFundMe page was set up for him, with the goal originally being to raise $10,000. But in just a few days, over 4,000 people donated over $125,000.
The family posted on the GoFundMe page to show their appreciation, announcing that the victim’s sister would be in charge of the money, and said they are working with legal and financial advisers to decide what the best thing to do with the money is. They also gave an update on the victim’s condition, saying, “Austin is a little sore and moving slowly, but he has been more alert and has been enjoying food again, as well as playing some video games with his brothers.” They also added that he was “amazed to see all the support and prayers he is receiving.”
In addition to the GoFundMe page, the family has set up a post office box for him, so people could send letters and gifts. They noted that he is a big fan of the Chicago Bulls. Anyone who would like to send something to the victim can do so at the following address:
P.O. Box 641
Cary, Illinois 60013
Meanwhile, the victim’s attackers are in a lot of trouble. A judge recently denied bail for all four of them — Brittany Covington, 18, Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24 — after they were charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime. The judge, Maria Kuriakos Ciesil, called them a “danger to society”. “I’m looking at each of you and wondering where was the sense of decency that each of you should have had?” she asked. “I don’t see it.”
Hopefully, all four of them will be locked up for a very, very long time… and Austin will continue to heal from this awful attack and continue to feel the support from Americans across the country.