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Victim of alleged racist 'rage' attack still in ICU weeks later

DaShawn Horne (Family provided photo)

SEATTLE -- DaShawn Horne's family has endured a painful process. For nearly four weeks, his mother LaDonna Horne has been waiting for her son to wake up.

"I still cry, I'm still angry, I'm upset," LaDonna Horne said Tuesday. "But I have to be strong for my baby."

Last month, DaShawn was beaten outside an Auburn home. An 18-year-old was arrested and charged with assault and malicious harassment, Washington's 'hate-crime' statute. He was still on the King County jail roster as of Tuesday afternoon.

"He's in God's hands," LaDonna said of the alleged attacker. "My focus right now is on DaShawn and his healing process."

Weeks after the beating, 26-year-old DaShawn is still in the ICU at Harborview. He was temporarily moved to a different unit of the hospital, but pneumonia landed him back in intensive care.

LaDonna says her son has briefly opened his eyes, but his responses are limited.

Doctors have prepared his family for the worst, and the future remains uncertain. But faith helps them push forward.

"God is good and he is healing him," LaDonna said. She holds her son every day and talks to him. "And he squeezes my hand. He pulls me closer to him. I tell him I'm not leaving his side. That I'm not going anywhere... I know he hears me."

LaDonna and her family believe DaShawn will soon wake up. In the meantime, prayers from so many in our community and around the country have lifted their family up.

A GoFundMe page for DaShawn has raised more than $115,000.

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