On Friday, July 21, 2017, the day after her birthday, my aunt was assaulted in the parking lot of Pacific Produce in Milwaukee on 27th Street and Grange Avenue. Generally cautious of her surroundings, she had locked all of her doors while she sat in her car looking up recipes and responding to text messages she received earlier in the day. A few minutes later, ready to go, she opened her door slightly and turned to the passenger seat to grab her purse, a young light-skinned black male in his early 20's threw open her door and began to punch her in the face with brass knuckles. His accomplice, a black female in her late 20's, attempted to gain access to the passenger door, but it was locked. My aunt had called out for help and even pushed her horn to gain the attention of passer-bys but to no avail. The attacker attempted to take the purse that had been sitting in the passenger seat, grabbing it by the strap. In the struggle, my aunt realized that her pepper spray was attached to her car keys. Her purse strap broke and flung back onto the passenger seat, allowing her to grab the pepper spray; however, she sustained numerous punches to her left face unprotected. She was able to spray the attacker causing the attacker and his accomplice to take off.
My aunt sustained a fracture on her right maxillary, a chipped tooth, cuts, and bruises to her lips (which required seven stitches) and face. Her nose and several of her teeth have also shifted from the impact of the blows she received. She also sustained serious psychological trauma. Its effects are already showing in her behavior, being hypervigilant with various noises and unfamiliar faces outside the home.
My beautiful aunt is kind, generous, and hardworking. She works as a freelancer to provide for her family while my uncle, Dardong, is in school to complete his engineering degree. With the injuries she sustained, she will not be able to return to work for a month or so. Additionally, as an independent consultant, her medical coverage is basic and the deductibles are high.
What happened to my beautiful and loving aunt is senseless and beyond comprehension. Although she was just released from the hospital and should be worrying about her health, she has already expressed concerns about how she will pay the hospital bill and for her basic needs such as food and mortgage. I alone cannot help do it but as a community, I know we can. I would like to ask all community members to help to reduce the financial stress on her while she recuperates. Any monetary support will also go to get my aunt long term psychological help to restore the trust in humanity. Please help what you can, monetary or prayers. All are welcome.
I am including the Milwaukee WTMJ article for those who are interested in reading it.
Please share this article by Fox6Now in catching the suspects who attacked my aunt.
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