Breckenridge community unites to aid assault victims
With brand-new carpets and a fresh coat of baby-blue paint, Breckenridge residents teamed up to refurbish the home of a local family who were the victims of a violent assault case earlier in March.
Summit County law enforcement say two of the girls, ages 14 and 10, were attacked by their mother’s ex-boyfriend. The 14-year-old was found with three stab wounds, and the 10-year-old was bound and gagged. While the struggle ensued, another 14-year-old girl escaped and hid in the woods behind the family’s condo.
“The girls spent a week in the hospital and are on the mend, but have been too afraid to return home to where the violent crime took place,” said Colin Scollard, co-owner of Mountain MultiVision and Sound. “We’re trying to do a home makeover for them. Make it feel a little different, a little bit nicer. I don’t know what else to do.”
Last Saturday, Summit County residents, business owners and firefighters worked together to tear out stained carpets, fix up walls and repaint the family’s condo.
Alpine Paint Co. donated several buckets of paint to liven up the living space while Tony Busnardo, of Old World Painting Co. helped paint the entire condo. Several firefighters with Red, White and Blue Fire Rescue also helped paint and repair walls.
“We sent one of our on-duty crews there last Saturday. They spent most of the day painting, removing carpet and repairing the wall,” said Red, White and Blue Fire Chief James Keating. “A few people who worked on that were involved in the original incident, and had medical transported the girls. They had a little more attachment being intimately involved in the incident.”
All Flooring Design, a carpet company in Breckenridge, donated the pad and insulation for the new carpet. They plan on installing the carpet itself next Saturday, while volunteers move new furniture into the house.
Scollard said the family still can use some extra help, and that donations can be made through U.S. Bank to help with medical care, home needs and a plethora of other items. Donations to the “Angel Fund” can be made at any U.S. Bank location, and will go directly to the mother and her two daughters.
“I think they’re really going to need it. The mom’s a single mom, and she’s gonna keep trekking on here,” Scollard said “I know it’s kind of a short-term thing, but we would like to ease their bills just a little bit.”
To support her daughters, the mother continues to run her late husband’s business.
Scollard said while some local business owners had made donations to the fund, they have not raised much in the first week or two.
Outside of funds, the family is still looking for some new bedroom furniture, kitchen countertops and plumbing work. At this time, all goods and services should be directed to Advocates for Victims of Assault, who can arrange for volunteers to meet up with the family. They can be reached at (970) 668-3906.
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