The family of DaShawn Horne says the 26-year-old is still in a coma fighting for his life 11 days after he was beaten in an alleged hate crime, according to our affilate KOMO in Seattle.
“It’s hard, especially when you teach your children to love and be kind to everybody, no matter what their race is,” DaShawn’s mother LaDonna Horne said.
DaShawn Horne was leaving an Auburn woman’s home around 10 a.m on January 20 after she called him a Lyft.
But as Horne walked to the car, court documents say the woman’s 18-year-old brother, Julian Tuimauga, confronted him in the driveway, allegedly angry over Horne’s relationship with his sister.
The Lyft driver told police he saw Tuimauga use a baseball bat to beat Horne, who is black, striking him on the head several times before saying words to the effect of “this is what happens when you bring black people around here,” according to court documents.
According to court documents, Tuimauga then pulled out his phone and shot a video of Horne unconscious and bloody while yelling, in part, "That’s what happens to these n*****s out here, huh? That’s what happens to you n*****s out here boy...”
Tuimauga told police he was “in a rage,” according to court documents. He is charged with first-degree assault and malicious harassment.
“I’m angry, I’m upset, I’m hurt,” LaDonna Horne said. “It hurts to know that he called my son a n*****. I mean come on. This is life. Life is real. That hurts me.”
Horne had a skull fracture. Doctors had to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure from his swollen brain.
As of Wednesday, he remained in a coma in the ICU at Harborview. He is now breathing on his own.
Horne’s family said he needed surgery this week, but is showing some positive signs. Their faith keeps them strong, and they remain hopeful he will recover.
But it will be a long process. They expect he’ll spend up to six more months in the hospital for rehabilitation.
The family won’t allow Horne’s 16-month-old son to see him unconscious in the ICU.
They want to get DaShawn’s story out.
“We need to know the environment that we live in,” Horne said. “We need to know there are racist people still out here.”
She also wanted to thank the Lyft driver who she says saved her son’s life.
The community has already raised more than $50,000 for DaShawn through a GoFundMe page set up by his family.