College Student Awarded “New” Car After Being A Victim Of Anti-Gay Vandalism
In “restore your faith in humanity” news a college student that has been victimized by hate crimes recently got a welcomed surprise from a fellow community member. Earlier this year Jordan Addison, a college student at Radford University in Roanoke, VA, car was vandalized on four separate occasions (three times on campus and once at his own home):
“The first time there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it. Then the second time I had ‘die’ keyed into it.”
Addison believes the attack on his property happened because he’s gay. With all of the damages, the expense for repairs were costly and as a college student, provided a huge challenge for Addison stating”
“The lowest estimate I got just to fix the damage to the doors was like $2,500, and for a college student that’s a lot of money.”
That’s when the Quality Auto Paint and Body manager Richard Henegar Jr., who also witnessed one of the vandalism acts, stepped in to help Addison offering to make all of the repairs on the car for free. Henegar stated:
“We don’t take kindly to discrimination of any sort here. I was bullied in high school and a little bit in the service and I saw an opportunity to help somebody out. Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said, ‘That’s uncalled for. We’re gonna fix your car. That’s the least we can do.'”
The Good Samaritan couldn’t cover the entire cost on his own but local businesses pitched in also to cover the cost. The companies that helped cover the cost of the repairs included: Parts Unlimited, Advance Auto Parts, Moon’s Auto Body, Rice Toyota, Val’s Automotive, The Rod Shop, B&C Exterminating, Twists & Turns, AJ’s Landscaping and Sunnybrook Auto Spa.
Addison received the remodeled car on Monday and was very moved by the $10000 makeover that tool Henegar and his crew 100 hours to renovate when it was unveiled to him Monday: “It looks great. It hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it.” Addison intends on parking his car in the gated surveillance parking lot on campus when school starts this week.