Let's show the Chicago Victim Love

$185,470 of $10k goal

Raised by 5,849 people in 2 months
R.b. Sheldon
on behalf of Jimmy Hilbourn
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA

**PLEASE READ THE UPDATES VIA THE LINK BELOW IN ADDITION TO THIS DESCRIPTION.  THANKS!**

For 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.

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Update 12
Posted by Razor Sheldon
24 days ago
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What a wild ride it has been over the past 2 months. The outpouring of support and encouragement from all of you across all 50 states in the U.S. and over 40 countries abroad has been amazing. As have the other kind gestures offered by the people sending cards and gifts, offering up service dogs and VIP basketball packages as well as the lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis that volunteered their free time to establish the legal entity to benefit Austin and help administer the funds you were all so generous to donate.

The Supplemental Needs Trust has been finalized, the bank account was created and the funds have now officially been distributed for their intended purpose. Austin and his family will forever be appreciative, and wanted to share the photo below in addition to the following update:

"Austin is continually progressing every day. He has been doing well at school and has even recently started taking an art class where he has been enjoying painting. He also expressed interest in working with his hands and has been learning to hammer nails and drill holes. He is still seeing a therapist twice a week and is becoming more comfortable with them, which we are excited about.

Austin continues to go to the gym 4-5 days a week to swim and play basketball. As the weather has gotten a little warmer, he has also started to enjoy going on bike rides around the neighborhood.

For everyone that has sent their love and support to Austin and our family cannot express how extremely grateful we are. From the bottom of our hearts we want everyone to know what a positive impact you all have made on the whole family. We never could have imagined such an outpouring of love from genuinely caring people could come out of what happened to Austin."

So thank you all once more. I hope you all feel as proud as I do for stepping up and offering a helping hand to somebody in need.

Best,
Razor
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Update 11
Posted by Razor Sheldon
1 month ago
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I’ve seen a few requests come in recently asking for an update on Austin and how he has been doing. According to the family, he is continuing to do better each day. “He is back at school where he is getting used to his daily routine, which has been good for him. Austin has also been meeting with a therapist weekly, which he is starting to get more comfortable with which is promising. Other than that he has been spending time with his family, playing video games, and going to the gym to swim and play basketball.”

Speaking of basketball, the Chicago Bulls organization really stepped up in a big way when they learned Austin was a loyal fan of the team. They gave him a tour of the practice facility, courtside seats, a personalized jersey and he even got to stand in the tunnel and dole out high-fives to the players as they came out for the opening introductions! This experience made Austin feel really special, and has helped a great deal with his recovery in addition to all of the cards, messages and donations you all have offered. Below is a photo from the game where Austin made a new friend in Robin Lopez!

Lastly, we are very close to finalizing the Supplemental Needs Trust for Austin and transferring all of the funds from this fundraiser into it. It is very important to be extremely careful with this process so as not to jeopardize any future benefits or encounter any tax penalties for the family members serving as Benefactor and Trustee of the Trust, and the attorneys have been extremely helpful throughout this process while working for free. I expect to have a final update in the very near future once the funds have officially transferred.

Until then, thanks again for your generosity and compassion.

-Razor
Austin with his new friend Robin
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Update 10
Posted by Razor Sheldon
2 months ago
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In less than two weeks, the amount of donations that has poured into this campaign has been astounding. More than $177,000 has been raised from over 5,700 people across all 50 states and over 40 countries!

But the amount of well wishes Austin and his family has received through the P.O. Box has been incredible as well! According to the family (who allowed me to share with all of you), they “have been receiving items since Monday, and have gotten everything from prayers, to homemade cards from students/children, to jokes to make Austin smile, and also some brave people who shared their touching stories of dealing with mental illnesses and abuse. It is really touching to see all the goodness.”

In addition, “Austin has also received many Chicago Bulls items like clothes, blankets, hats, a personalized pillow case, which he really loves. One of the really neat gifts Austin received was from a man who sent a letter about an incident that he went through and how music helped him get through it. With the letter came two electronic hand instruments. One of them was a drum which Austin has really taken a liking to.

Between the Go Fund Me page and the well wishes through the mail, it has no doubt shown Austin that the majority of this world is filled with love and kindness.”

The family has created a community Facebook page to try to reciprocate all of the love they received and share some of the letters and gifts mailed from others, which can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/Chicago-VictimAustin-Returns-The-Love-1133674013418142/

Lastly, I have updated the photo of this fundraiser to represent the latest chapter in this tale. Thanks again for all of your love and support!
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Update 9
Posted by Razor Sheldon
2 months ago
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CNN just ran a story on this campaign and I was bit nervous to read it given all of the recent allegations that they are nothing but fake news these days! But it was a good article and had some new updates from the family including a VIP experience that the Bulls put together for Austin, so thanks to everybody that reached out to the team!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/us/facebook-torture-victim-funds-trnd/index.html
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Lesa Antone
2 months ago

Can you please provide any proof the family will receive these funds? Is the family involved in this campaign? As soon as I can verify, I will share it all over fb groups. God bless this poor kid.

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Emily Sophia
2 months ago

Could you change the picture? Good grief..,

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Jeff Coolidge
2 months ago

He likes to spend his time up at McDonald's. Seems maybe we should get him free meals for life or something... I'm glad that they let him chill there. Apparently he does'nt cause trouble and I would gladly sit up there with him and buy him anything he wants!

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Anthony Kieler Rice Jr.
2 months ago

I have asked Go Fund Me to verify this campaign is legitimate. However, it appears to be so because the man who started it is part of the social news website Reddit. Our son and daughter are Autistic. If this is legitimate, we will be generously donating.

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Jeremy Deysach
2 months ago

NPR Vetted this. This is legitimate. Proof: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/05/508331652/4-people-in-custody-in-chicago-over-beating-live-streamed-on-facebook

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Kristoffer Terrazzano
2 months ago

Should probably change that picture to something better. Would you want a picture of you like that up?

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Michael Fortin
2 months ago

This is for everyone that keeps questioning is it a scam? Can you please verify before we donate?! How about this everyone do a little homework, follow the links, look into it check, Fox News gives this guy's name saying he started a GoFundMe! So before you all keep insulting this man & leaving comments that could make other people think its a scam & not donate & prevent this poor kid of getting money when needed because people want to be lazy & not try to verify if its real or not! I'm computer illiterate and I still verified it before I came on the page! So think before you leave a comment and do a little homework because your comment could prevent someone else from donating! Sorry if I offend anybody but I read all the comments left on here and a lot of people questioning this gentleman when all they have to do is a little homework!

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Jessica Moorman
2 months ago

The family has verified that they have been contacted about this and it is legit. Please share and give the boy some hope. He should know that there are a lot of good people out there and he didn't deserve what happed to him.

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Michael Fortin
2 months ago

This was unspeakable torture on a handicap kid, 4 people who committed this crime on him should get life without parole! I hope the people that made this GoFundMe consider raising it to at least $500,000 goal so that poor boy & his family has enough money to buy a house cash and to have money for moving expenses out of that city! Hopefully to the country where he's less likely to come to harm from thugs like that! My family and I wish him a speedy recovery and pray he can get past this experience one day! I just hope he doesn't think all people are evil like that especially think all colored people are like that because they are not! Best of wishes from New Bedford Massachusetts!

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Mark Embry
2 months ago

I am in contact with the boys older brother. They will have a PO Box set up tomorrow. I can post it when I get it.

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Cheryl Tilles
2 months ago

I would also like to send a card. Someone asked what the family will need money for? Medical bills. Counseling for strong possibility of PTSD. I work with autistic kids, and my heart just aches for this innocent young man.

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Mark Embry
2 months ago

I have spoken to the boys older brother they have contact with Go Fund Me and this will get to his family. The boys name is Austin P.O. Box 641 Cary Illinois 60013. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls. Shirt size XL Shoe size 10 Link to a good picture of Austin https://scontent.ford1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/15909517_1308167869242664_1048653313_n.jpg?oh=0487d85ef810dea725d4a8cb0503b02c&oe=58728411

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Dee Johnson
2 months ago

Since Austin Loves the Chicago Bulls maybe if all post on the Chicago Bulls FB page maybe they will go meet him or have him at their game or something.

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Nancy Mayuri
2 months ago

Just a thought. If this young man is on any kind of government program due to his disability they have strict income limits or they kick you off the program. Perhaps the parents/guardian could see about setting up a Special Needs Trust Fund. That way this young man could stay on any assistance program and not be penalized. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-special-needs-trust-funds-can-be-used.html

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Nathan Sawtelle
2 months ago

In response to some people asking what the money is for, Id say there are lots of ways it would help. It could be used for more medical, especially therapy, beyond what insurance would cover. I think it would be used to enable the family to take more time off of work then they could without everyones generous donations to spend with him (lost wages). If enough is raised I think taking a trip with his family knowing that all types of people from all over did that for him would help restore some faith in humanity for him. I'd think think that would help the healing process too. Of course it's ultimately up to his parents/guardians to do what they think best. I'd like to personally thank Razor for organizing this and working with NPR to verify the funds go to the victims guardians.

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Mike Nogle
2 months ago

Just an update the gift is too big to mail. I need a contact of a friend of the family so that I can talk to them about this gift. its a pinball machine called Space Jam and it is to big to mail and has Michael Jordan on it..

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Lee J Erdo
2 months ago

would it be possible to provide an address where cards and gifts can be sent to this person?

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Vera Giles Norris
2 months ago

I covered this story on my radio show today The Kats Out show and also went live on my Facebook page I had the oppourtunity to interview people from in the same building this happen alone with seeing the apartment where this all took place my heart is sickened as a result of seeing such hate and I say please understand that the people who did this didn't even have a right to be in that apartment... For more inside stories please watch my videos I will have more footage later.

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Pamela Thing
2 months ago

My niece who is the victims sister in law. (I have never met the victim) Reports on FB that this a legit fund raiser. So I have contributed.

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Crly Kat
2 months ago

I am so horrified that anyone would commit such a heinous crime!! The young man has been on my mind all day and I am so pleased to see that this fund has been started! Hopefully the young man can go on a vacation with his family to a place where he can make many new and pleasant memories! I really don't mind how the young man spends the money, and would like to send a note and gifts to him as well. He needs all of our support and seeing all of the contributions is heart warming!! May he find peace and comfort with the support of his family and community!!

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$185,470 of $10k goal

Raised by 5,849 people in 2 months
Created January 5, 2017
R.b. Sheldon  
on behalf of Jimmy Hilbourn
JT
$50
John Thomas
4 days ago
1
1
$25
Allie Kurschner
24 days ago
4
4
JB
$10
jaime bibian
24 days ago
4
4

Hope everything goes right for you buddy

JD
$100
Joe DeLuca
29 days ago
5
5

This is just a small contribution to a kid that had to endure an unspeakable act. Hang in there, Austin. It may be difficult to believe now, but there is more good in this world than evil. The hundreds of people who are thinking of you and reaching out with gifts is proof of that. You are in our thoughts and prayers

BT
$25
Brookie Tribo
1 month ago
8
8

So very sad and so sorry for what has happened to your family and fine young man.

JW
$10
John Wolfson
1 month ago

I made a contribution of $500 two weeks ago. I would have thought a contribution like that would bring me ongoing reports of the young man's condition, but I have heard nothing from you. Could you please advise me of how the young man that we care about is doing. Thank you. John

LF
$500
Lynda Franzen
1 month ago

No amount of money will ever undo the heinous crime that was perpetrated on this young man, however, I hope it will help in some way. God bless this young man and his family.

RM
$15
r mitchell
1 month ago
7
7

wish I could more good luck

SB
$50
Sindee B
1 month ago
8
8

The evil in this world so many times overpowers the good; tragedy overpowers the blessings. Here's to change. This young man is in our thoughts; wishing happiness and peace for you and your family. Thank R.b. Sheldon for your good.

$15
Anonymous
1 month ago
5
5
Lesa Antone
2 months ago

Can you please provide any proof the family will receive these funds? Is the family involved in this campaign? As soon as I can verify, I will share it all over fb groups. God bless this poor kid.

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Emily Sophia
2 months ago

Could you change the picture? Good grief..,

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Jeff Coolidge
2 months ago

He likes to spend his time up at McDonald's. Seems maybe we should get him free meals for life or something... I'm glad that they let him chill there. Apparently he does'nt cause trouble and I would gladly sit up there with him and buy him anything he wants!

+ Read More
Anthony Kieler Rice Jr.
2 months ago

I have asked Go Fund Me to verify this campaign is legitimate. However, it appears to be so because the man who started it is part of the social news website Reddit. Our son and daughter are Autistic. If this is legitimate, we will be generously donating.

+ Read More
Jeremy Deysach
2 months ago

NPR Vetted this. This is legitimate. Proof: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/05/508331652/4-people-in-custody-in-chicago-over-beating-live-streamed-on-facebook

+ Read More
Kristoffer Terrazzano
2 months ago

Should probably change that picture to something better. Would you want a picture of you like that up?

+ Read More
Michael Fortin
2 months ago

This is for everyone that keeps questioning is it a scam? Can you please verify before we donate?! How about this everyone do a little homework, follow the links, look into it check, Fox News gives this guy's name saying he started a GoFundMe! So before you all keep insulting this man & leaving comments that could make other people think its a scam & not donate & prevent this poor kid of getting money when needed because people want to be lazy & not try to verify if its real or not! I'm computer illiterate and I still verified it before I came on the page! So think before you leave a comment and do a little homework because your comment could prevent someone else from donating! Sorry if I offend anybody but I read all the comments left on here and a lot of people questioning this gentleman when all they have to do is a little homework!

+ Read More
Jessica Moorman
2 months ago

The family has verified that they have been contacted about this and it is legit. Please share and give the boy some hope. He should know that there are a lot of good people out there and he didn't deserve what happed to him.

+ Read More
Michael Fortin
2 months ago

This was unspeakable torture on a handicap kid, 4 people who committed this crime on him should get life without parole! I hope the people that made this GoFundMe consider raising it to at least $500,000 goal so that poor boy & his family has enough money to buy a house cash and to have money for moving expenses out of that city! Hopefully to the country where he's less likely to come to harm from thugs like that! My family and I wish him a speedy recovery and pray he can get past this experience one day! I just hope he doesn't think all people are evil like that especially think all colored people are like that because they are not! Best of wishes from New Bedford Massachusetts!

+ Read More
Mark Embry
2 months ago

I am in contact with the boys older brother. They will have a PO Box set up tomorrow. I can post it when I get it.

+ Read More
Cheryl Tilles
2 months ago

I would also like to send a card. Someone asked what the family will need money for? Medical bills. Counseling for strong possibility of PTSD. I work with autistic kids, and my heart just aches for this innocent young man.

+ Read More
Mark Embry
2 months ago

I have spoken to the boys older brother they have contact with Go Fund Me and this will get to his family. The boys name is Austin P.O. Box 641 Cary Illinois 60013. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls. Shirt size XL Shoe size 10 Link to a good picture of Austin https://scontent.ford1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/15909517_1308167869242664_1048653313_n.jpg?oh=0487d85ef810dea725d4a8cb0503b02c&oe=58728411

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Dee Johnson
2 months ago

Since Austin Loves the Chicago Bulls maybe if all post on the Chicago Bulls FB page maybe they will go meet him or have him at their game or something.

+ Read More
Nancy Mayuri
2 months ago

Just a thought. If this young man is on any kind of government program due to his disability they have strict income limits or they kick you off the program. Perhaps the parents/guardian could see about setting up a Special Needs Trust Fund. That way this young man could stay on any assistance program and not be penalized. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-special-needs-trust-funds-can-be-used.html

+ Read More
Nathan Sawtelle
2 months ago

In response to some people asking what the money is for, Id say there are lots of ways it would help. It could be used for more medical, especially therapy, beyond what insurance would cover. I think it would be used to enable the family to take more time off of work then they could without everyones generous donations to spend with him (lost wages). If enough is raised I think taking a trip with his family knowing that all types of people from all over did that for him would help restore some faith in humanity for him. I'd think think that would help the healing process too. Of course it's ultimately up to his parents/guardians to do what they think best. I'd like to personally thank Razor for organizing this and working with NPR to verify the funds go to the victims guardians.

+ Read More
Mike Nogle
2 months ago

Just an update the gift is too big to mail. I need a contact of a friend of the family so that I can talk to them about this gift. its a pinball machine called Space Jam and it is to big to mail and has Michael Jordan on it..

+ Read More
Lee J Erdo
2 months ago

would it be possible to provide an address where cards and gifts can be sent to this person?

+ Read More
Vera Giles Norris
2 months ago

I covered this story on my radio show today The Kats Out show and also went live on my Facebook page I had the oppourtunity to interview people from in the same building this happen alone with seeing the apartment where this all took place my heart is sickened as a result of seeing such hate and I say please understand that the people who did this didn't even have a right to be in that apartment... For more inside stories please watch my videos I will have more footage later.

+ Read More
Pamela Thing
2 months ago

My niece who is the victims sister in law. (I have never met the victim) Reports on FB that this a legit fund raiser. So I have contributed.

+ Read More
Crly Kat
2 months ago

I am so horrified that anyone would commit such a heinous crime!! The young man has been on my mind all day and I am so pleased to see that this fund has been started! Hopefully the young man can go on a vacation with his family to a place where he can make many new and pleasant memories! I really don't mind how the young man spends the money, and would like to send a note and gifts to him as well. He needs all of our support and seeing all of the contributions is heart warming!! May he find peace and comfort with the support of his family and community!!

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