Auto shop restores bullied gay student's car for free

August 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Jordan Addison, a student from Radford University in Virginia, had his car vandalized four times in a  three-month period, according to WDBJ News. Most of the vandalisms happened on the Radford campus. One of the vandalisms included someone keying the word "dye" into the side of his car. Addison told the news provider he has been a target because of his sexuality.

The Radford student took his car around to local shops to procure estimates to remove the slurs from his vehicle. The lowest price he was given to fix his car was $2,500, which he couldn't afford. Addison was facing the possibility of living with the vandalism. Fortunately for Addison, a few Roanoke businesses caught wind of what happened to his car and decided to take action.

"Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said that's uncalled for we're gonna fix your car that's the least we can do," Richard Henegar Jr. manager of Quality Auto Paint and Body told the news outlet. The shop repainted the car, removing the gay slurs, and also coordinated with other businesses to do a little more.

"It looks great. It hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it," Addison told the news outlet.

With the help of 10 local businesses, including Parts Unlimited in Vinton, Advance Auto Parts, Moon's Auto Body, Rice Toyota, Val's Automotive, The Rod Shop, B&C Exterminating, Twists & Turns, AJ's Landscaping, and Sunnybrook Auto Spa, Addison's car now has new hubcaps, an enviable sound system, tinted windows, a new security system, among other things, at a total cost of about $10,000. Thanks to the generosity, it's likely his car won't need auto repair for a while.

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