By Kathy Chouteau
An online fundraiser has been launched to support the family of a Richmond father of two children who was brutally stabbed on Friday, Nov. 9, while on his way to pick his child up from school.
Richmond police responded to the 5500 block of Garvin Avenue at 1:41 p.m. and found Gerson Garcia suffering from multiple stab wounds, Richmond police Lt. Matthew Stonebraker said.
Police began life-saving measures before Garcia was rushed to a hospital. While at the scene, officers spoke with a Good Samaritan who had chased the suspect away and who was also able to inform them about the suspect’s last known location in the 700 block of Sonoma Street, about a quarter-mile away, Stonebraker said.
A weapon was recovered near the scene of the crime, although it is not known if it was the weapon used in the attack on Garcia, Stonebraker said. The suspect was booked into Martinez county jail, where he remains in custody. He has not been identified.
The attack has stunned the community and prompted Garcia’s wife, Sheila, to launch a Go Fund Me page for her husband, who remains in recovery at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Sheila Garcia says in the Go Fund Me page that her husband was the victim of a “cowardly attack” at the door of their home. She said he arrived at the hospital with “no vial signs.” After he was resuscitated, he underwent 10 hours of surgery over two days.
Garcia says their family, which includes two children, is seeking assistance, either with “prayers, or just a few dollars.”
As of this writing, the Go Fund Me page has raised $12,630 for the Garcia family. Anyone able to help support them during this difficult time can donate via the page here.