Nearly $100K Raised for Mentally Disabled Man Tortured Live on Facebook

January 8, 2017 Updated: January 8, 2017

An online effort to raise money for a mentally disabled man whose beating was broadcast live on Facebook in Chicago has brought in nearly $100,000.

The GoFundMe campaign called “Let’s show the Chicago victim love” had a goal of $10,000. As of Saturday the account has reached over $92,000.

Four black suspects are facing charges of battery, kidnapping and hate crimes in connection with the attack on the 18-year-old victim. The suspects—two men and two women—are black and the victim is white.

(L-R) Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington and Jordan Hill, four people charged on Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
(L-R) Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington and Jordan Hill, four people charged on Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Authorities say the victim was tied up for several hours. Video footage shows the assailants taunting him with profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump.

A frame in which a man (R) is assaulted in Chicago.(Vidme via AP)
A frame in which a man (R) is assaulted in Chicago.(Vidme via AP)

A GoFundMe spokesman confirmed the victim’s family is working with the company on the campaign.

The family, through a spokesman, has declined to comment on the attack.