Family of Severely Assaulted Girl to Rally for Justice
This Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m., the family and friends of a 17-year-old African-American girl assaulted by an unknown assailant(s) will stage a Rush Hour Rally for Justice by the Fred Meyer in Springfield to raise awareness of her case, which remains unsolved.
On November 23, 2012, after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with her family, Tyneshia Nettles was severely beaten and left alone on the side of the street near the Springfield Fred Meyer at 5th and Q Streets.
Nettles sought out help and a good samaritan found her with massive facial swelling, a broken nose, bleeding from her ear, numerous upper front teeth missing along with the bone that connects her front teeth to the palate, a broken jaw and multiple through-and-through lacerations to her face. Additionally, Nettles’ eyes were swollen shut and she sustained strangulation marks to her throat along with having removed skin from her thigh and knees; likely caused by being dragged.
According to Detective George Crolly of the Springfield Police Department, no suspect has been identified in the attack. Crolly told Lane Today he has reviewed surveillance footage from nearby businesses, which revealed nothing helpful in the investigation. Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact Detective Crolly at 541-726-3721.
In the time since the incident, Nettles’ family and friends have worked not only to increase awareness of the assault and towards capture of the assailant(s), but have also worked to turn this into something positive going forward.
Family members set up a Facebook page, Justice4Love, to keep the community up to date about Nettles’ progress, for supporters to communicate and share well wishes, and to inform the community about upcoming events and efforts to support Nettles.
On Jan. 21, a “Rally for Justice” was organized in conjunction with the Martin Luther King March in Eugene, during which all participants wore black to show support. They also have worked in advancing a bias crime bill, Oregon House Bill 3480, which would rename a crime of intimidation as a bias crime. So far, this bill has been referred to Rules by order of the Speaker of the House. A vote has not yet been conducted.
Nettles still has to undergo some additional surgeries and bone grafts for her teeth. She will be getting implants along the top and bottom rows of teeth, but surgeons had to wait to perform this procedure. This is because her jaw bone was shattered so badly, and it rejected bone fragments when trying to heal, which pushed the bone fragments through the gum line.
Going forward, the family has enlisted a group called “Justice Angels Real Justice” to assist with organizing a yard sale to help with medical expenses, and they also have an account set up at SELCO Credit Union. Anyone who wants to donate can go to any branch and inform the teller the donation should be deposited in the Justice4Love account.
When more information is available regarding the upcoming yard sale or any other event to support Nettles, Lane Today will post an update. However, Justice Angels Real Justice is accepting donations for the upcoming yard sale, according to advocate Zeena Blazen. Blazen encourages those interested in donating to email her at email@example.com, call 541-606-8117 or text 541-274-9572, and items will be picked up.
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