Condition of convenience store attack victim stabilizes, community rallies

CBC News has learned that the condition of a convenience store attack victim has now stabilized after fighting for his life for more than two weeks.

Hospital officials have confirmed Rajaie Elshorafa's condition has been upgraded to 'fair'

Rajaie Elshorafa, 56, is in hospital in fair condition after being attacked Oct. 21, 2017, outside his business, Horton Variety. (Supplied photo)

The condition of a convenience store attack victim has stabilized after being listed as critical for more than two weeks.

Rajaie Elshorfara, also known as Roger, was clinging to life after he was attacked outside his Horton Street variety store on Oct. 21. 

The London Health Sciences Centre has confirmed that Elshorafa's condition has been upgraded to 'fair.'

Fair condition means Elshorafa's "vital signs are stable and within normal limits. [he] is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are favourable," according to a generic description of on the hospital's web page.The 56-year-old was brutally attacked outside of his Horton Variety store on Oct. 21.

London police issued an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Jessie Aaron McConnell for one count of aggravated assault.

The London community is raising medical funds for a convenience store attack victim, while his family anxiously hopes for a change in his critical condition. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Community support

Elshorafa is a father of three children under the age of 12 and moved to Canada more than two decades ago.

"I just want to see the guy. I miss talking to him," said Yazan El-Shalabi, store owner of Shelby's Food Express across from the convenience store.

"There were a lot of people who didn't know Rajaie but they heard to story and it touched their heart."

El-Shalabi helped organize an online fundraiser that received more than $10,000 in donations to cover the family's medical expenses.

Several community organizers also joined forces to raise up to $10,000 for the Elshorafa family through a benefit concert on Friday.

Organizer Jesse MacCabe was among about 400 attendees, including several of the victim's relatives.

"The community really, really forged together to make this an amazing event for a great man who we didn't know needed this but felt with the store closed … he needed to focus on recovery," he said.

The store, tucked away at the corner of Horton Street East and Clarence Street, has been shut down for two weeks since the attack.

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