A man is in critical condition and fighting a traumatic brain injury after the brother of a woman he was spending the night with brutally beat him with an aluminum bat.
The Seattle Times reports that 26-year-old DaShawn Horne was at a Seattle club on Friday night (January 26) when he met a white woman in her 20s.
At the end of the night, the woman invited Horne back to her home. The next morning, the woman called a Lyft to pick Horne up and take him to his home. When the Lyft driver arrived at her home, the brother of the woman, who is surprisingly of Pacific Island descent, approached the Lyft driver with a bat and asked who he was there to pick up.
After giving out his sister’s name, the brother then, according to court documents, hit Horne with a bat. The Lyft driver said he heard “a thump sound like a bat had struck something.” He also says he saw the man, who has been identified as 18-year-old Julian Tuimauga, hit Horne in the head with the bat.
As Horne lay bleeding, Tuimauga videotaped his victim, repeatedly using the n-word and said, “This is what happens when you bring black people around here.” The now-suspect later reportedly told police he was angry because he thought his sister had sex with a black man.
Tuimauga is currently in jail on $500,000 bail and was charged with first-degree assault and malicious harassment under Washington’s hate crime statute.
The white woman and her father, who was also home, say they did not witness the attack.
DaShawn Horne is still at Harborview Medical Center after doctors removed part of his brain to relieve swelling and performed surgery on his trachea.
His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with his lost wages and also, any medical bills that will come from this tragic incident.
“As hard as this is, I forgive the young man who did this. But I won’t forget,” LaDonna Horne, DaShawn’s mother, said. “Vengeance is for the Lord. It’s in God’s hands, and so is my son.”
Watch a local news package about the incident below.
(Photo: Komo News)