Claxton church holds benefit for tow truck driver who was beaten

Claxton church holds benefit for tow truck driver who was beaten

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Ron Gandy (source: family) Ron Gandy (source: family)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A church in Claxton held a benefit Satuday for a tow truck driver who was critically injured in an assault.

Blessed Hope Missionary Baptist Church raised money for Gandy's medical bills and to help support his 16-year-old son, Jordan. Gandy is a single father.

The event included a spaghetti dinner and singing.

Gandy underwent surgery Friday. Pastor David Woods said the procedure went well. On Saturday Gandy was still in a medically-induced coma, but doctors plan to wake him up on Sunday.

Woods said the Gandy family still needs help from the community.

"Continue to pray for Brother Ron, continue to pray for Brother Jordan," said Woods. "He went through surgery. He's still not out of the woods. He's still got a long recovery."

Police arrested Tycorrian Taylor, 22, of Summercrest Way in Knoxville, as the suspect who assaulted Gandy.  He was charged with one count of aggravated assault.

Anyone interested in helping the Gandys financially can go to ORNL Federal Credit Union and donate to the name "Ron Gandy".

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