TULARE COUNTY, California (KSEE) – “He’s so young. I just don’t know how something like that would happen.”
Although she didn’t know Cayden, Analicia Avilia and her friend Edwardo Caballeo raised close to $300 for the family of the south valley boy who was jumped and beaten to the edge of his life about 2 weeks ago.
On Friday, they handed over the money to the family.
“People do care and there are good people in this world,” says Cayden’s father Robert Newberry.
“It is touching that young adults would do that,” he says.
But still coming to terms with the night that would change his family forever.
“To know that something bad happened to him, we almost lost him, it is gut-wrenching,” Newberry says.
On the night of Sept. 8, 15-year-old Cayden was walking home alone. Officers say four men got out of their car on south Mooney Boulevard and attacked him.
The beating continued until a motorist flashed his headlights.
His father says Cayden’s brain is so severely injured he had emergency surgery. “It has turned everything upside down.”
Almost two weeks later, Cayden’s health is improving, but his father says it will be at least two years before they know if he will fully recover.
“He is making progress, just taking it day by day,” Newberry says.
Police are still looking for surveillance video to hold the men who did this responsible.
Others in the community are also giving to a GoFundMe to help the family in their time of need.