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Community Sets Up Fundraisers to Help Assaulted Security Guard

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - The story about a security guard viciously beaten in Richmond tugged at our viewers' hearts. And many were asking how they could help?

We received dozens of emails and Facebook messages from those of you at home wanting to lend a hand to security guard Jack Newsom. One of our kind-hearted viewers has even set up a fund in Newsom's name.

Freda Swineford writes on Facebook "need a fund set up...let me know how to help this man"

Jennafer Smith writes "praying for a speedy recovery."

A man who wishes to remain anonymous felt so compelled to help  he went ahead and set up an online fund for Newsom at

"I felt bad for the guy," he says. "I felt like I wanted to reach out. You can donate anonymously or you can leave your name."

Saturday night, Newsom was patrolling the old GRTC bus depot, which was recently transformed into an outdoor art gallery during the RVA Street Art Festival when he was suddenly attacked.

"All I remember was walking out to the car and that was it," Newsom says.

Tuesday afternoon organizers with the Street Art Festival stopped by to visit Newsom. Artist Ed Trask and City Councilman Jon Baliles delivered a hot lunch and groceries to the recovering security guard and his family.

They're also setting up a fund at

"Well it's been overwhelming," Baliles says. "Everyone loves what happened at the Street Art Festival site they feel an attachment to it and everybody wants to help Mr. Newsom."

Both funds hope to raise money for Newsom medical bills and missed time from work.

Meanwhile, police say there are no new leads or suspects in the assault.


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