Roanoke, VA – A Radford University student bullied for his sexuality has a fixed and tricked out car after turning it over to a body shop that made the repairs and modifications free of charge.
Jordan Addison, a student at Radford, has had his car vandalized four times (once at his home, three times on campus) between March and May of this year, reports WDBJ-TV. “The first time there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it,” says Addison, “Then the second time I had dye [sic] keyed into it.” Addison believes that he was the target of bullying due to the fact that he is a homosexual. Though Addison tried to cover up the vandalism to his car, nothing worked. “The lowest estimate I got just to fix the damage to the doors was like $2,500 and for a college student that’s a lot of money,” says Addison.
Then, a few Roanoke businesses heard about what happened and chipped in to foot the bill, reports MyFox8.
“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,’” said Richard Henegar Jr. with Quality Auto Paint and Body’s. Henegar’s body shop not only fixed the damage to Addison’s car, they also added about $10,000 worth of extras, including a sophisticated sound system.
The cost of the extra additions was covered by donations from ten local businesses, reports MSN. “We can’t afford to do this ourselves,” says Henegar, “We might have all the good intentions in the world but I can’t finance something like this ourselves.”
Addison was incredibly pleased with his pimped-out ride. “It looks great,” Addison said. “It hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it.”