This past Saturday night, Dallas resident Derek Whitener was attacked by two masked men as he was leaving a Target store. According to reports, the two men hit Whitener over the head with a pipe, fracturing his skull.
As a result of his injuries, Whitener has undergone brain surgery and continues to be treated in an intensive care unit.
More from the GoFundMe campaign set up to assist with his medical bills:
On Saturday, January 14th, Derek Whitener finished acting and singing in a show at the Firehouse Theatre in Dallas, Texas.
After the show he stopped by Target on his way home to buy groceries. On his way out of Target he was brutally attacked by 2 masked men in the parking lot.
We don't know who they were or what their motive was at this point. All we know is they beat my friend so badly, that on January 15th he was rushed into surgery to stop the bleeding on his brain.
Before his surgery he was having difficulty forming words - a horrifying thing for someone as smart and quick-witted as Derek. They believe the surgery was a success but won't sure until the swelling subsides.
He is currently in the ICU, and the overall the recovery will be at least 6-8 weeks. He will be unable to work that entire time.
We've set up this GoFundMe to help offset the cost of medical bills and loss of income.
Derek is one of the most creative, passionate, and unique individuals I have ever met in my life. He just accepted a position as the artistic director of the Firehouse Theatre, a community theatre in Dallas. The level of outreach he has done through his artistic endeavors (singing, acting, costuming, etc.) has touched the lives of counless individuals. I know he has inspired me to be a better artist since the day I met him over ten years ago.
Clearly Whitener has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery and expensive hospital bills.
Anyone who would like to make a donation, no matter how small, can do so via the GoFundMe campaign here.