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Homeless Man Gets Public Support After Sickening Attack Posted to YouTube: VIDEO


David Ivins, a 50-year-old homeless NJ man, is receiving an outpouring of support after two young thugs brutally beat him, recorded the attack, and put it on YouTube, the AP reports:

He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was preparing to move into a donated hotel room and that he wanted to take advantage of the help he’s getting.

“I’m going to sober up,” he said as he spoke to a reporter in the lobby of the Belmar Police station. He had just had a meal of spaghetti and salad, and his backpack and two shopping bags were bulging with other food he’d been given. Ivins doesn’t remember what day the attack happened. Police, judging by a YouTube time stamp, say it was more than a week ago.

In the video, 20-year-old Taylor Giresi, of Lake Como was seen on camera saying, “About to go beat up this bum.” Giresi punched and kicked Ivins in the facebefore telling him, “Merry Christmas.” Giresi was jailed Tuesday on bail of $111,000. The 17-year-old cameraman who has not been identified, is to be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and theft, and has been released to the custody of his parents.

Watch a report on the attack from ABC News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Just sick. Lock those two thugs up and throw away the key.

    Anyone who would deliberately and without provocation attack someone in such a manner and then POST IT ONLINE has an incurable evil inside of them. I'd rather see 1,000 minor drug offenders go free, and these two locked up and suffering for the rest of their lives.

    There is no room in society for tolerance of this type of behavior.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 21, 2011 12:33:44 PM

  2. What can I say? But for the grace of God... It's a game to these jerks and here's hoping they pay the ultimate price: jail.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 21, 2011 12:40:18 PM

  3. I wish this guy well. I freaking hate cruelty.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Dec 21, 2011 12:40:50 PM

  4. I'm thinking of the LGBTQ homeless people at this time of the year. I donate to a charity for the homeless here in the UK, the majority are LGBTQ youth.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Dec 21, 2011 1:05:08 PM

  5. Stupid white kids.

    Posted by: endo | Dec 21, 2011 1:08:12 PM

  6. Sick and Sad

    Posted by: Eric in Chicago | Dec 21, 2011 1:14:09 PM

  7. These are the types of kids who need their asses kicked badly (and it's going to happen once in prison). I see stories like this often that end up on the site "WorldStarHipHop". It's just mindblowing that people would think of something like this to do, and have the audacity to post it on the web, thinking it's humorous to inflict so much pain.

    Hopefully this man and all homeless are able to have some happiness and support during the holidays.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 21, 2011 1:17:25 PM

  8. When the leading candidates of a political party preach their hatred of the poor, disenfranchised, and different this is what you get.

    Posted by: sosad | Dec 21, 2011 1:41:55 PM

  9. SOSAD

    Don't even go there. So sad indeed.

    Good luck to the man. How wonderful to send him support.

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 21, 2011 2:51:49 PM

  10. Once again @Endo, trying to race bait? I guess I dunno what difference their color is, they should be put away regardless.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 21, 2011 3:49:45 PM

  11. Look up, Jerry. That went so far over your hear, it may cause an eclipse.

    Posted by: endo | Dec 21, 2011 3:58:42 PM

  12. I agree with Sosad that this is a consequence of the war on the poor. When well-to-do white kids feel empowered to commit barbaric acts of violence towards a defenseless man and then believe that they can freely post their videotape on Youtube, one does have to consider the societal and cultural factors that swayed their thinking.

    It is very reassuring to see the community respond and support that poor man. Let's hope that these two young men actually serve time in jail and not given a suspended sentence as so often has happened when the perpetrators are white and affluent. We, as a nation, cannot tolerate this sort of behavior. That was simply put torture for sport.

    Posted by: Charles Lemos | Dec 21, 2011 4:05:04 PM

  13. This makes me so sad. The cruelty and inhumanity of what these kids did is incomprehinsible. What kind of parents raise such evil trash?

    I hope they spend a long time in prison, and I hope their virgin little anuses are repeatedly raped. They deserve every cruelty coming their way.

    Posted by: Rob roberts | Dec 21, 2011 4:16:29 PM

  14. It’s gonna sound cruel, but you know that when an individual has grown without learning the basics of human empathy of compassion, there is no way they are going to learn later in life. Those are seeds that only grow when sowed while being a little child. If anything next time those thugs will do their malice more carefully. And probably will look revenge in many ways or against other disadvantaged people. Discount the fact that their family could even dismiss their actions as juvenile “pranks”.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Dec 21, 2011 4:37:28 PM

  15. So sad this happens right in my backyard. I completely agree with posters that say this is a consequences of demonizing the poor and disenfranchised. There is a silver lining in that Shore residents are collecting funds to help this man in local businesses. The money is going into a fund (not controlled by the man) to help pay for treatment and housing for the poor guy. A local hotel has also given him a room for free for the next 2 weeks.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Dec 21, 2011 5:32:17 PM

  16. Most people are guilty of the attitudes that allow these kinds of atrocities to happen. Homeless in America are ignored and treated as sub-human. Everyday I see them completely ignored even when asking for something simple as a hot cup of coffee or a blanket because it is cold. You have all seen it, anyone that walks in a major city do it everyday. When they are viewed by society as something less than human things like this happen.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Dec 21, 2011 5:37:06 PM

  17. "Rated M for Mature." PlayStation.

    Posted by: Eddie | Dec 21, 2011 7:18:44 PM

  18. I wouldn't be so quick to judge the youths. We don't know the full story. A lot of young people have difficult times growing up under a capitalistic system and they feel the need to lash out.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Dec 22, 2011 3:14:13 AM

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