Beaten Langley man helped by crowdsourcing

A crowdfunding campaign in support of a Langley man who was beaten and robbed on his way home from work has raised more than $10,000 in under a week.

According to the media reports, 39-year-old Chris Lafrenier was waiting for a bus at the Logan Avenue exchange on Nov. 28 when two teenagers jumped him, breaking his nose, chipping a tooth and stealing all his money. Witnesses reportedly saw the young men kicking Lafrenier in the head repeatedly while he lay on the ground.

Two days later, Lafrenier’s mother-in-law Lynn Gray-Blair created a campaign on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.com asking for donations to help Lafrenier. More than $10,000 has been raised in just over a week.

Lafrenier posted on Facebook that he was “amazed” by the support. “Thank you for helping out and boosting my faith in humanity,” he wrote. Two teens – 19-year-old Mathew Samms and a 15-year-old boy – have been charged in the attack.

– Bethany Lindsay is a reporter with the Vancouver Sun.

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