Oh my, that IS sad. We had a similar incident here in our city not too long ago. We have a resident here who is mentally disturbed and paces the streets. If I hadn't know a few people who knew him personally and told me what a sweet guy he really is, I'd have been guilty of looking the other way. But he too was often picked on my teens/young adults and this latest incident nearly killed him. They ganged up on him and broke many bones, including his cheekbone and nose. UGH! It made me want to go out like
and protect him. But our community came together and raised approx. $15k to put toward his medical bills and the local hardware store (a mom and pop shop) takes good care of him, as much as he will allow them to. Even our eldest daughter and her friend have a soft spot for him. They pooled their allowance money at Christmas time to buy him a new blanket/giftcard to a local eatery, but he refused it. The hardware store took it though and kept it in their jar for him.
We definitely need to be reaching out and standing up for the poor, needy and hurting people in our communities. They might actually be a neighbor these days!
Thanks for sharing this story, Alison!