On July 10th, John was the victim of a violent and senseless attack. The attacker, who was recognized by a HEW owner as a former client's husband, asked if he could watch a class and did not seem to pose a threat. The attacker picked up a kettlebell to feel out the weight and in hindsight, was clearly looking for a weapon. While John was helping a client, the attacker struck an unsuspecting John with a 5lb plate, knocking him unconscious and shattering his cheek bone and orbital, also breaking his nose and causing bruising to the brain.
To make matters worse, it appears that this crime was a case of mistaken identity and John's attacker was after someone else who does not even work or attend the same gym. We have gathered that the attacker was under the impression that his estranged wife was romantically involved with another man, who he wrongfully thought was John. This information regarding some other man and his wife has not been confirmed true and the attacker has previously been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and drug addiction. He was also arrested only 1 week earlier for a similar violent incident in Miami. Of course all of this information was unknown to John and the HEW staff when the attacker entered the building.
While John is expected to make a full recovery, he will require multiple reconstructive surgeries to fix his cheek, eye, and nose, and will undoubtedly spend multiple months recovering before he is able to work again.
Please don't let John and his family bear this emotional and financial burden alone. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!