Ontario City Creates Fund, Plans Rally for Gay Beating Victim
The Ontario, Canada city of Thunder Bay is rallying behind Jake Raynard and his family. Raynard was the victim of a brutal beating by a gang of men early Saturday and he sustained 15 cheekbone fractures, and a broken jaw, eye socket, and upper palate. The attack followed taunting by the gang over the victim's sexual orientation outside a bar.
NetNewsLedger reports: "A group has formed on Facebook offering support and communicating the messages of support for the injured man, who underwent reconstructive surgury on the weekend following the attack early Saturday morning. The Facebook group has been growing at about 30 people per hour...A rally is taking place Friday at 6 PM in Waverly Park. All people who support Jake and believe that this action has no place in our community are asked to attend. More details will be solidified in an announcement tomorrow...A Fund has been established for Jake. This fund will be dedicated to permit Jake access to legal consultation, rehabilitation treatments, and some basic income while unable to work. Again more details will be available tomorrow."
The police have not released any information or statements regarding the attack.