Gay Man Left Paralyzed, Throat Slit, After Brutal Hate Crime Attack
Updated Wednesday 2:30 p.m. PST
A support fund has been created for Scott Jones following his devastating attack, which left him paralyzed from the waist down last Saturday. His family wrote the following message for Scott's supporters:
Message From the Family: We are grateful for all of the love and support from everyone. We are extremely thankful for the positive messages we are receiving. Scott is reading them and is so moved. It is giving Scott great strength to know so many people are rooting for him. Our focus and goal continues to be Scotts recovery and well-being. Thank you for all your love.
Scott is the kind of guy that everyone is lucky to know. He cares deeply for his family, friends and community who he supports. On Saturday October 12 that 2:30am his life drastically changed. He is now paralyzed and trying to recover physically and emotionally from a vicious attack.
The road ahead for Scott will be challenging; physically, emotionally and financially. He will no longer be able to do the things he's been accustomed to do for the past 27 years. The financial requirements of his rehabilitation is far beyond the capability of his family so with your support we can help them to focus on supporting Scott. A trust fund has been set up in his name to ensure all money donated goes to supporting Scott with his rehabilitation process. On behalf of the entire family, thank you for your support!
Clearly any financial support will be greatly appreciated as Scott begins the long road to recovery. To give, head here.
You can also provide messages of encouragement on Scott's Facebook support group.
A Canadian gay man, Scott Jones, was the victim of a brutal hate crime this past Saturday. Jones was attacked with a knife after exiting a bar and was left with a severed spinal cord and slit throat.
Nova Scotia police were on a routine patrol before 2:30 am when they saw a man on the ground near the intersection of Archimedes and Forbes Street.
Amy Punke, the victim's friend, told CBC News: ‘He was walking with a friend and two men, who had previously been at the bar we were at, came running across the street.
"One of the men distracted Scott’s friend and the other man stabbed Scott twice in the back and tried to slit his throat."
The injury to Jones throat was superficial, but the multiple stab wounds to the back severed Jones spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Punke added: "Myself, and his family and the people that know him, we feel that he may have been targeted because of the fact that he’s gay and he’s openly gay in town."
Jones is currently in critical, but stable condition.
Updated, Monday 5:04 p.m. PST: The New Glasgow News reports (via HuffPo):
Suspect Shane Edward Matheson, 19, was arrested following the attack and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, The New Glasgow News is reporting. Matheson is apparently facing another assault charges for a separate incident involving an 18-year-old woman.
(Image Credit: CBC News)