Community Sets Up Fundraisers to Help Assaulted Security Guard

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RICHMOND (WRIC) – The
story about a security guard viciously beaten in Richmond tugged at our
viewers' hearts. And many were asking how they could help?

We received dozens of
emails and Facebook messages from those of you at home wanting to lend a hand
to security guard Jack Newsom. One of our kind-hearted viewers has even set up
a fund in Newsom's name.

Freda Swineford writes on Facebook
“need a fund set up…let me know how to help this man”

Jennafer Smith writes
“praying for a speedy recovery.”

A man who wishes to remain
anonymous felt so compelled to help  he
went ahead and set up an online fund for Newsom at fundly.com/help-jack-new-some-assault-victim.

“I felt bad for the
guy,” he says. “I felt like I wanted to reach out. You can donate anonymously
or you can leave your name.”

Saturday night, Newsom was
patrolling the old GRTC bus depot, which was recently transformed into an
outdoor art gallery during the RVA Street Art Festival when he was suddenly
attacked.

“All I remember was
walking out to the car and that was it,” Newsom says.

Tuesday afternoon
organizers with the Street Art Festival stopped by to visit Newsom. Artist Ed
Trask and City Councilman Jon Baliles delivered a hot lunch and groceries to
the recovering security guard and his family.

They're also setting up a
fund at https://www.youcaring.com/RVAStreetArt

“Well it's been
overwhelming,” Baliles says. “Everyone loves what happened at the Street Art
Festival site they feel an attachment to it and everybody wants to help Mr.
Newsom.”

Both funds hope to raise
money for Newsom medical bills and missed time from work.

Meanwhile, police say
there are no new leads or suspects in the assault.

 

Copyright 2013 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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