Community rallies for 'Roger': brutally attacked and fighting for life
Vicious attack happened outside Rajaie Elshorafa's Horton Variety store two weeks ago
An outpouring of community supporters have joined forces to raise funds through a benefit concert Friday night, for a convenience store attack victim who's been in critical condition for about two weeks.
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Rajaie Elshorafa, known as Roger, was brutally attacked outside his Horton Variety store in the downtown core. Family members confirmed the 56-year-old underwent surgery to treat some of his injuries.
"It's overwhelming," said Stromberg, who's also been collecting donations for the family. "All of these people just have such good hearts and they're so generous about this it's overwhelming and I'm just so impressed with how good people are. It's just nuts."
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"I mean it's such an unfortunate circumstance but it's so great just to show [how] much of a strong community we have here in London," she said.
London police are on the lookout for Jessie McConnell, 22, who's wanted for aggravated assault in connection with the attack.
Court documents show McConnell is no stranger to the justice system and began getting in trouble with the law in 2015.
Acts of Kindness
Elshorafa's business, tucked away at the corner of Horton Street East and Clarence Street, has been shut down for two weeks since the attack.
Yazan El-Shalabi, owner of Shelby's Food Express across the street from the convenience store, helped kick-start an online fundraiser for Elshorafa's family, which has surpassed its goal of $10,000.
"Rajaie Elshorafa has been nice to us," said El-Shalabi about the father of three. "We really like to support small businesses. When we heard of the incident, we thought we had to do something to help the family out."
El-Shalabi said more than 30 people have walked into his store to donate in-person a collective of $1,000.
Stromberg said concert organizers have been in touch with Elshorafa's family who were thankful for the efforts of the community.