WEST LOOP — A fundraiser for a man attacked while working at a 7-Eleven in the West Loop early Tuesday has raised more than $5,500 less than 24 hours after going online.
Days after the attack, a community member set up the account to help Prem Singh Rana, his wife and three kids. Rana, who immigrated to the U.S. two years ago.
“He has been a very hard-working employee for the last 20 months,” the GoFundMe reads.
At 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, a man entered the store in the 600 block of West Jackson Boulevard and repeatedly hit the 29-year-old clerk in the head with a gardening tool, said Kelly Bartoli, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.
The attacker took two bottles of alcohol before leaving. The 29-year-old was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition with fractures to his skull and face, Bartoli said.
Officers reviewed store surveillance footage and were able to see the attacker and get a description, Bartoli said.
Police arrested Ricky Norman in the 200 block of South Clinton Street hours later and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery, according to police.
On Wednesday, Cook County Judge David Navarro denied Norman bail, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
The GoFundMe account aims to help the family with expenses to support his wife and three children.
“He was his families primary source of income while his wife took care of their kids,” the GoFundMe reads.
You can help support Rana here.
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