“Brian was attacked by a gang in Washington DC as he was getting off a bus one block from his home with his bicycle”

Brian
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A reader shares this brutal account with a request to donate if you can from Go Fund Me:

“Brian was attacked by a gang in Washington DC as he was getting off a bus one block from his home with his bicycle. They beat him and kicked him to the ground and kept kicking him in the head until he was unconscious. They also stole his bike. The bus driver called an ambulance. He woke up in the hospital. He has a concussion, a broken nose, a sub galeal hematoma, and broken vertebrae in his lumbar spine in addition to cuts and abrasions. He is so lucky to still be alive.

My dad went up to be with him and to help take care of him since he has been discharged from the hospital. He is also looking around for a different place to live since he now doesn’t feel as safe where he is at.

I’m sure he would love to hear from all of you. And if you would share this information with others that would be great as well. He could really use help in as many ways as possible. He’s going to be out of work for quite a while and has already built up a large sum of medical bills.”

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31 Comment

  • This is horrible. Are there any other details to report? When/where/etc?

  • That is horrible, wishing him a fast recovery. I would like to see some specifics in order to verify before I would consider donating, the whole account is very vague.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Not to discourage anybody else from donating if they are so inclined, but OP, please look into the DC Crime Victim Compensation Program.

  • +1 for crime victims compensation
    If doing that alone seems like a lot you can contact The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (ww.nvrdc.org), they offer comprehensive case management and legal services for crime victims in DC

    CVC will help with medical bills, lost wages, relocation funds, etc.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    So I’m gonna hazard a guess that no arrests have ever been made in this case.

  • Beating appears to have happened in Deanwood. Very sad news to see someone completely innocent beaten for no reason at all.

  • obviously a hate crime. assume it will be prosecuted as such?

      • You could argue that they were after the bike, but why else would they continue beating him? Especially with a bus full of people watching and calling the police? If they just wanted the bike they would have grabbed it and gotten out of there.

        • HaileUnlikely

          You seem to know some details that I have not seen shared publicly. “Bus full of people watching and calling the police?” If you say so. (I’m not accusing you of fabricating this detail, but I do not understand the mechanism by which you suppose others might have such knowledge. And I’m not comfortable with jumping to the conclusion that this was a hate crime based on the facts presented above and nothing else.)

          • We know he got off a bus and the bus driver called the police. Are you suggesting the bus was empty? That’s the only way there were no additional witnesses. As a regular bus rider in DC, I’ve NEVER been the only person on a bus, although I do generally ride at peak times. Given these facts, the conclusions are quite reasonable and obvious.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I live close to the end of the line and often work late. I’ve been the only person on the bus at the point at which I’ve gotten off literally hundreds of times.

          • HaileUnlikely

            My general approach, in cases when I don’t have enough information, is to look for more information. Yours seems to be to make sh!t up.

    • based on what?

    • “facts”, it’s obvious you don’t seem to actually know anything about this case (or law in general), why pipe in at all here?

  • HaileUnlikely

    I have a really eerie and disconcerting feeling that I have met thus poor guy. Definitely not somebody who I know well, but the photo has been haunting me for the last hour, and I’m almost certain that I have met him, sometime, somewhere.

    • He is a performance artist and has been doing dishwasher/monologue shows throughout the city for private parties. Was an interesting experience and very sad to hear such a horrible thing has happened to him.

  • Not to play Grinch, but this money appeal would have more credibility if it included more of the facts. As other people have noted, this doesn’t say where or when the attack happened. Are there links to police reports or news accounts?

    • Nothing against this cause at all, but I’m just not a fan of “Go Fund Me” for stuff like this. I’d rather give to an accountable charity that is a true non-profit and has someone looking at their books. How do you know the money actually goes it cause X when using Go Fund Me?

      • Yeah — I always worry that some random schemer will see a news account of a person being badly injured, set up a GoFundMe telling that person’s story, and keep the money for themselves.
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        I’d rather write a check and send it to an address (although I’m sure there are ways for that to be exploited too).

  • thursty

    This is really sad. He’s a performance artist with a weekly show in Brookland, and a really nice guy.

  • My sympathies. Poorly constructed sentence however…. was he with his bicycle, or attacked with it?

    • Are you serious right now? I mean, sure, you’ve got a point, but there is no call for going grammar nazi on this post when you know perfectly well what happened.

    • Seriously, get off your high horse. The english language allows people to convey meaning without staying true to grammar principles 100% of the time, especially when reporting on the attack of a friend.

  • I can help out with transportation to help find Brian a new place to live. Send me a note here and I’ll help out.

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