Burn victim, Michael Brewer
One of the scariest things in the world (to me anyway) is to have my own friends turn on me. What I mean by that is more like stealing money or a boyfriend or just never speaking to me for no apparent reason. What happens when your “friend” causes you bodily harm for $40?? We could ask 15-year old Michael Brewer of Deerfield Beach, FL, but he’s in the hospital right now suffering from 2nd degree burns on more than 65% of his body. Who could do such a thing you ask? Well it was his friends. That’s right his friends. On Monday October 12th after school, 5 teenagers surrounded Brewer, poured rubbing alcohol on him and then set him on fire.

Why such an extreme? Apparently Brewer owed one of the suspects $40 for a video game and decided to steal his father’s bike in retaliation. Brewer reported the bike stolen and the suspect was arrested the night before the attack. In retaliation, the suspect got 4 others to join him at Brewer’s apartment complex where they taunted him yelling, “He’s a snitch, he’s a snitch” and “pour it on him.” Before another kid proceeded to throw the running alcohol on Brewer and set him on fire. A witness used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, and Brewer jumped into the complex’s swimming pool to save himself.

Crazy huh? Even more horrible… a couple of the kids were witnessed laughing about the attack before they were arrested.

Valerie Brewer, mother of victim“Our country, our world, needs to wake up and see what is going on with our children,” said the victim’s mother, Valerie Brewer. “They need to do something. This has got to stop. It’s not just my son. It’s everybody’s children. This could happen to somebody else and God forbid – I don’t wish this agony and torture on anybody. We have got to do something to make this violence stop today.” All 5 victims range from 13 t0 15-years old. And a couple of them had even slept over Brewer’s house!  It’s a frightening thought to think that you can’t even trust the neighborhood kids down the block.

The good news is that Michael is expected to survive and make a full recovery. If you would like to donate to Michael Brewer’s recovery, you can do so through this link.


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