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Recovery Bill, Assault

$18,938 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 521 people in 1 month
Created June 16, 2019
39988054_1560727842551291_r.jpeg39988054_1560727858243149_r.jpeg39988054_1560727876337063_r.jpeg39988054_1560727893647950_r.jpegMy boyfriend, Braden, and I were walking from Hawthorne’s to Nellie’s on U St (in DC) last night and we stopped to talk for a few minutes. He was leaning against me and a few guys started yelling ‘faggot’ at him and started to swing at him. It was all a quick blur but next thing you know there was literally a mob of 15 guys beating him. They came out of nowhere and I was powerless to stop them, all I could do was jump on him to try protect him and scream help. I don’t remember how long they kept beating him for. They stole his phone and my wallet. They chipped a major part of his front tooth and he had to get multiple stitches on his lip.

Braden Brecht doesn’t have health insurance and will have ER, ambulance, and counseling bills, along with needing a new phone.  He has already seen an ophthalmologist and will need to see a regular doctor for more tests for his headaches. He will also be out of work for some time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are from the Virginia Beach area and have been in DC for one month for an internship. The money raised here will be directly deposited into Braden’s account.
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We are extremely thankful for all the donations and the flood of support we have received in the past few days. I have never made a GoFundMe before, and the response has just been overwhelming. We were shown the worst in people Saturday night, and the best in people through the community response. We were quite positive we were going to have to move back home because of the expense and nature of the incident, but I think we are leaning towards staying because of how the community has helped and reached out to us.

Braden started the process of repairing his teeth today by Dr. Banks of Capital Cosmetic Dentistry. He is incredibly generous for offering to restore the teeth, and a great doctor as well. Braden will also have to go get further tests done because of persistent, severe headaches. We are not sure if the evaluation at the ER was comprehensive, and worry that an issue could come up some time in the future. He might also have to undergo counseling and other coaching. He will miss two weeks of work and we are trying to determine any unforeseen costs as well. If we do have leftover funds after Braden is back to 100%, we have chosen chosen to donate them to the Casa Ruby organization in DC.
Once again, thank you all so much for your donations and words of encouragement.
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DC Police LGBT Liaison Unit just visited us to see how we are doing. They confirmed 3 juveniles and 1 adult were arrested.
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$18,938 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 521 people in 1 month
Created June 16, 2019
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