Marquez's Burn Recovery Fund
Their attacker has been charged with Aggrevated Battery. You see, Marquez and his friend were attacked simply because of who they chose to love. Marquez suffered severe burns to his face, neck, arms, and back that required skin graft surgeory. I cannot mention the name of his friend to protect the privacy of his family. But I will tell you his burns were so extreme that he is still in an induced coma in intensive care.
Their attacker is the boyfriend of Marquez's friend's mother. He didn't fore warn them and there was no altercation before the incident. They had no idea of the hatred he held in his heart. It was a ruthless attack that no one deserves. After they were burned, their attacker forced them out of the home, showing no remorse. They had to go door to door searching for help. The first doors they knocked on, the tennants would not help them.
I have watched Marquez's mother suffer right along with him. When he came out to her, she told me that her son being harmed was her greatest fear. It's a shame that our society places that kind on fear in a parent's heart. It gives you a feeling of helplessness, and when it acutally occurs, you lose hope. Marquez is home now, but has a long road to recovery. Through it all, he has remained strong and not disheartened by what has happened to him. I am so impressed by his character. He has been focused on healing, and in a way, has been holding up his mother.
The family needs immediate help with medical bills, and the everyday expenses of recovery such as prescription drugs and dressings for the burns. I and the family will be so grateful for any donation your heart compels you to give.
All donated funds will be used for medical bills, prescriptions, supplies, and everyday expenses such as rent and utilities. Marquez assisted his mother with home expenses. He had just started a new job, so he doesn't have work benefits.
I posted it on my wall. I'm also queer, black, & a survivor of 2nd & 3rd degree burns as well. You can do this, Marquez. It will be long & hard, but don't give up hope. In addition to physical healing, also work on your mental healing (don't wait 30 years like I did). Check out the Phoenix Society https://www.phoenix-society.org/ to see what help they may be able to offer in your area. And if you ever make it to the World Burn Congress, look for me!
Thanks to all of my friends and colleagues who answered my FaceBook challenge to match my donation or give something otherwise to this cause. The amount then was about $6,000. It is now over $40,000. Thanks so much to those I know, and everyone FOR coming through for Marquez. We all wish him well!
Unfortunately, I am unemployed and cannot help with the funding. What I can offer, is the love and respect I feel for this young man and his friend and best hopes for a full recovery from such devastating injuries. My heart always breaks that such brutality is directed at our LGT family, just for being LGT. Marquez, know that someone loves you all the way from Studio City, Los Angeles, CA. There are more kind people I'm sure will help you, the more you reach out. Good luck, sweetheart and take care.
If you havent already you should talk to a social worker at the hospital about applying for medicaid if they have no insurance. Even if they have insurance the copays for drugs, dressings etc can be extremely high. Its so sad that this act of violence occured in their own house. The guy couldnt just tell them to get out. He had to do this
Im so sadden by what happened to you. you are completely and sincerely in my prayers... and i pray that the person who did this assault to you reaps all that he sows. and you will continuously be victorious before all your enemies.. and they will serve you at your feet begging you for mercy. you continue to stay bless.. and dont let nothing... not one thing on this earth get you down. you are a victor and i send so much love to you Marquez and your boyfriend.. and i pray for the best in your favor. God bless you real Good.. and you will continuously be in my prayers,
This story should touch the hearts of all regardless of sexual orientation. There is absolutely no justification for the pain and suffering caused by one person's darkness and hatred -- NONE! Marquez, you are in my/our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and faithful and find solace in the knowledge that millions outside the LGBT community wish you a speedy recovery.
Much love to you, Vickie, Marquez, his mom and his friend. I am saddened and appalled that such a thing could happen to these young men who thought being "home" meant safety. It breaks my heart further that a black man could do this to another black man. I pray for the recovery of Marquez and his friend. Our Lord is a just Lord and gay people here and abroad know the Lord's love despite the horror visited upon us daily.
Gentlemen, you have my unconditional love and support. What was perpetrated is a crime against all of humanity, but those are distant and lonely words. All I can tell you is that I love you completely and accept you as my brothers. I love you, I love you, I love you. You are my brothers and you are my family. God speed your rehabilitation. Keep us updated. We are now family and we want to know your struggles and triumphs as you COME BACK from this. With all my heart and soul, Chris Glassanos Franklin, MA
Sweet, beautiful Marquez and Anthony . . . Just like the both of you, I am a human being. I, too, have been treated poorly because I am different, but I have never been brutalized for it. It breaks my heart that this kind of disgusting, psychotic, deranged, senseless violence is still happening. It sickens me that this has happened to both of you as fellow human beings. Even if Blackwood never sees the light of day again, it will never change what he has done to you both. My hope is that you both recover as quickly and as painlessly as possible, and that the physical and mental scars do not remain. My heart goes out to each and everyone affected. I can't even wrap my mind around the unbelievable obscenities that have occurred. I am just so sorry. I can't do much financially as I have a GoFundMe page, too. But I hope that you take comfort in my words. I will see if I can donate two or three dollars for each of you. Get well soon!