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Luiz Gustavo Lopez and Family - SLC, UT

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“Jose Lopez was in the office of his tire shop warming up some chicken soup that his wife had made him when he heard his son screaming from the garage.
The store on Main near 1600 South had been open for only an hour, and there were no customers yet. Luis Gustavo Lopez, 18, had been tinkering around on a couple of projects while they waited. Jose, 51, had gone in to get warm and eat breakfast.
Microwave ajar, he set down the plastic bowl and ran to the front door.

A man was standing in the courtyard of the Salt Lake City mechanic shop with a metal bar in his hand that looked like it had been plied off a stop sign. He was yelling slurs at Luis and threatening him.
“I hate Mexicans,” he spat. “I f---ing hate Mexicans.”
“Are you part of the Mexican mafia?”
“I’m here to kill a Mexican.”
Jose stepped in front of his son, and the man began swinging the five-foot pole. Luis grabbed a bar from a tool chest and tried to defend his dad. The man slugged the teen in the face, knocking him unconscious, and then started to beat him.

Trying again to shield Luis, Jose got hit in the arm and the back. His brother rounded the corner, coming to check on the noise, and scared the man. He bolted. And they called police.
“They’re very shaken up,” said Veronica Lopez, Jose’s daughter, who recounted the events for her father and uncle two days later from the hospital, where her brother is still being treated. “My family feels targeted.”
The attack at Lopez Tires happened Tuesday about 9 a.m. Salt Lake City police say it’s too soon to know if the case will be handled as a hate crime. But they’ve arrested the alleged attacker, Alan Dale Covington, 50, on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.”

So...this is for Luis and his father, Jose. Let’s show them that there are WAY more good and kind people out there than the evil man that attacked them. All donations will help go to their medical bills and financial support while Luis is unable to work in the shop with his father.

I don’t know any of them personally- but I personally feel like this is our community, and we must do better.


  • Corena Gardner
    • $20 
    • 5 yrs

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Ryan Romeike
South Jordan, UT
Veronica Lopez

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