More Than $9K Raised For Security Guard Sucker-Punched In River North
By Stephen Gossett in News on May 16, 2017 3:00PM
Zoa Stigler / GoFundMe
After news and video spread of the awful, blood-boiling sucker-punching of a female security guard in River North, a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $9,000 to help with the victim's recovery.
The attack happened early on Sunday morning, at around 2 a.m. in the 600 block of North Franklin Street, outside the condominium complex where the guard, Zoa Stigler, works. Stigler approached a man who was sprawled on the sidewalk against the building and asked if he needed help. She said she asked him to leave after he vomited—and a few moments later security video shows the apparently intoxicated bro threw a bottle of water at her then cold-cocked her in the face. He and his friends then sauntered away.
"Why would you hit a human being in the face that is trying to assist you, trying to help you?" Stigler said, according to the Tribune.
Now, a flood of donations have poured in from more than 250 people wanting to help Stigler with her recovery expenses. More than $9,000 were donated in less than 24 hours for the now-trending campaign, which was launched by Asad Khan, the president of the board at the condo building where Stigler works. Stigler told NBC 5 that she suffered a fractured bone below her eye and a broken nose. She will undergo surgery on Wednesday, according to an update on the GoFundMe page.
"You are an inspiration‚grace, professionalism, and poise under pressure. Praying for your recovery," wrote one supporter.
The attack happened on Mother's Day morning and left Stigler unable to spend the holiday with her two daughters, Khan noted. "[S]he is a single mother who works part time to make ends meet and is going to school part time to finish her business finance degree,"Khan wrote on GoFundMe.
Police have not yet announced any arrests in the attack as of Tuesday morning. Video of the attack and its lead-up can be seen in the CBS report below.