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Benefits Planned For Austin Musician Severely Injured In Rock-Throwing Attack

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 08:37 PM CDT
"What went wrong in this person's life, and at what point did they decide human life didn't mean anything?"

Disbelief from John Petri and other friends and family of Kenneth Johnson, after the Austin musician was severely injured when someone threw a rock from the upper deck of I-35. This weekend, they're turning to the Austin community to help with Johnson's recovery.

Supporters have raised nearly $9,000 online for Johnson's medical costs. He does not have health insurance. This weekend, they're holding two benefits. The first is set for Saturday night at the Lost Well starting at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, there will be an all-ages show at Red Eyed Fly starting at 3 p.m.

Johnson was hit in the head by a softball-sized rock after someone threw it at his SUV off an overpass along I-35. As doctors rushed to save his life, he suffered a stroke.
   
"It's very disheartening to see it anytime, but when it affects you directly and it affects your family and your extended family, it's so heartbreaking," said Petri.

While police don't have a witness or suspect description, they say they are talking to a couple people of interest. A detective says their best chance for catching somebody is either surveillance, undercover officers, or people who work in the area.

To help with Kenneth Johnson's medical costs click here.Benefits Planned For Austin Musician Severely Injured In Rock-Throwing Attack


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