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Benefit fund for Hannah

June 30th, 2009 · 49 Comments

There is now a fund set up to raise money for Hannah Geiger.  Hannah is the 19 year old Magnolia girl who was the victim of a hate crime.  The young woman was attacked near her Magnolia home on June 1 when three suspects yelled racial slurs and demeaning words while beating her.  The fund came about in response to many inquiries from people who wanted to help Hannah.   Hundreds of people gathered to show support for Hannah two weeks ago at a barbecue at the Community Center.

The Hannah Geiger Benefit Fund is now open at People Bank on West McGraw Street in The Village and deposits may be made at any People Bank branch.  Organizers say the many expressions of support for Hannah and her family, as well as concern for our neighborhood, have been heartwarming and reassuring.  They want to thank everyone for their interest and caring.

 

No suspects have been arrested in the case. The attackers are described as white men in their late teens or 20’s with blonde hair.  They were possibly driving a Honda. If you witnessed the attack or the suspects about 3:30 PM on June 1 near the Magnolia Community Center call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.  

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  • Mag girl

    Can you please explain what the funds will go towards? Her medical bills? Education? Future competitions?

    I feel so very lucky to be living in such a supportive community. I must say that I, too, am a minority living in Magnolia. I’ve never witnessed or experienced what Hannah has gone through. In the media coverage of her story, I’m encouraged the outpouring of support for this child. In the same breath, however, I’m a bit bothered by the fact that no one has questioned or further investigated her claim. What struck me hardest was the fact that the attack happened in such a public place at such a busy time and ‘no one’ saw anything? No eyewitnesses. Nothing.

    Am I the only Magnolia resident who wonders about all aspects of this incident…the continuation of fundraisers, etc, only makes me wonder more.

  • Beezes

    “only makes me wonder more.”

    you’re not the only one…..

  • Jamie

    I would also like to know what the donation money is to be used for? Are there medical bills to pay for resulting from the attack? Does anyone know exactly where the attack took place?

  • Priscilla

    I thought I was the only one who was wondering what the funds were being collected for.

    I know caring for a disabled person is costly but until more details are given I think it is only right to have a few more questions what these funds will be used for.

  • christine

    You know I wonder about that too and check back regularly to see if there is any new information on the suspects. I am not saying the story is a lie~ I just think there would be more information than what they are telling us (media, police, etc..)

    I would like to know where the money is going to and remember one of the articles on the local news said that she was to get brain surgery this summer (was pre planned prior to the incident). I would love to contribute to Hannah and think they should elaborate on how they will use the money.

    I noticed the family has moved out of the house that was shown on TV NEWS with the number of the house showing in the interview. I don’t know the circumstances of the move if it was preplanned or as a result of the assault. One of the articles said that the mother works at the church and I saw on the sign of the church they were giving a farewell potluck. I feel really bad if they left because of this and was wondering why they (media) had to film them right in front of their address.

    Hopefully, someone will have more information regarding the attack and how the funds are going to be used.

    C

  • dd

    Lots of questions?
    Lets all just hope that Hanah does well in whatever the future brings for her.

  • Beezes

    So many questions, so few answers.

  • http://magnoliavoice Heidi

    I, too, have felt that perhaps there is more to the story than has been told (and have felt guilty for feeling that way.) It just does not add up. An attack in the middle of the day on a main street with no eye witnesses?

    Did you know this was picked up by the Associated Press? A friend sent me a newspaper clipping from a NY paper.

    Anyway, I wish Hannah the best and hopefully both she and the neighborhood can move forward now.

  • Fred

    The silence is deafening…..

  • Frank

    Yeah, I’ve felt bad about doubting this, but it just doesn’t add up. My feeling was that Hannah was going to get in trouble for something, Hannah made up a story, things got out of control. There’s the generality of Hannah’s description of her assailants–she offered no specifics besides “white & blond.” Nothing distinguishing. She also couldn’t show the Police exactly where the attack took place. Cynical, I know, but it seems to be what quite a few people are thinking…

  • Billy

    You don't have to feel guilty. This story was fishy from day one. Say that in public though and you'd be crucified.

  • karina1234

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Your logic fails, because it stipulates that if it did happen, then people would come forward as witnesses. What you fail to realize is that if she were indeed making it up, threw herself around and beat herself up, witnesses would come forward, or not. Your reasoning is faulty, and I question the racially covert tone some of you are using. Next time you or yours are attacked, I hope a bunch of strangers and cowards attack your story using faulty, and skewed logic.

  • Mag mom

    Karina,

    Your reasoning that concerned people merely asking questions and casting doubt on a girl's claim all of sudden turns us into coldhearted racists is bizarre.

    Here are the facts from Seattle Police. You glean from it what you will:

    1.) Hannah's mother stopped cooperating with police shortly after the incident. They called, asked to stop by to chat some more to see if Hannah might've remembered something else. She never returned their calls.

    2.) Read the police report: Hannah is a couple of blocks away from community center on 34th. She says out of nowhere, in broad daylight on a Monday afternoon, a car stops in front of her. Out jump younger white boys. Blonde hair. Pummel her for no reason and call her retard and pick on her disability. She says these guys beat her so bad they knocked her out cold.

    The very NATURE of such accusations and the brutality of the crime should make EVERY PARENT ask the same questions: do these punks live here? did they stalk Hannah? Aside from the racist slurs, how did they know she was disabled? Hannah's disability isn't an obvious one that some random hoodrat would spot just driving down the street.

    3.) Hannah is disabled. She has short term memory. Officers have reports of her having chased cars down the street.

    4.) The injuries they saw were a few bruises but nothing to reflect a beating by several men so bad that they beat her unconscious.

    The bottom line is this: Magnolia has supported Hannah from the very beginning. Don't you dare accuse people of being racist snobs.

    If my kid was attacked like Hannah says, you can BET I would be the loudest vigilante on this street following up on every lead, every piece of information. There'd be a flier on every light post on 34th. I would not start ignoring calls from SPD for follow up. I'd prob get thrown in jail for harrassing them.

    And if I knew that people were collecting $$$ on my behalf, it'd be common courtesy to not only thank my neighbors but disclose what it's for.

    When children claim something terrible has happened, every responsible parent digs into the matter. Because they are children. And because it's our job.

    We're not always right. But lord knows neither are they.

    (And with regard to your comment about my family being attacked, if that were to ever happen – godforbid – I promise you the last thing I'd care about is what you think and whether people believe me or not. I'd be so consumed by what happened and following up with police that SPD wouldn't know what hit them. THAT is what normal parents do when their child is attacked. They don't disappear and ignore the investigation.)

    Mag mom.

  • concerned in magnolia

    I couldn't agree more Mag mom! I don't believe that questioning the story makes anyone racist, I would question the story if it had come from a white girl or boy. I am sorry but the facts of the case do not add up……the facts!!!! If my children were attack I too would be hounding SPD. I would be knocking on every door in the vicinity of the attack and asking if anyone saw anything. To not cooperate with the police is appalling, especially since Hannah's mother allowed a community bbq and benefit fund to be set up for her daughter. In all these posts there still is no information on what the money is being used for! The post from Karina is ridiculous!

  • Billy

    Political correctness run amok that will not do any good for Hannah. SOrry, but Mom has to answer some questions before I'll give money to the fund.

  • Billy

    Political correctness run amok that will not do any good for Hannah. SOrry, but Mom has to answer some questions before I'll give money to the fund.

  • concerned in magnolia

    I couldn't agree more Mag mom! I don't believe that questioning the story makes anyone racist, I would question the story if it had come from a white girl or boy. I am sorry but the facts of the case do not add up……the facts!!!! If my children were attack I too would be hounding SPD. I would be knocking on every door in the vicinity of the attack and asking if anyone saw anything. To not cooperate with the police is appalling, especially since Hannah's mother allowed a community bbq and benefit fund to be set up for her daughter. In all these posts there still is no information on what the money is being used for! The post from Karina is ridiculous!

  • Billy

    Political correctness run amok that will not do any good for Hannah. SOrry, but Mom has to answer some questions before I'll give money to the fund.

  • Billy

    Political correctness run amok that will not do any good for Hannah. SOrry, but Mom has to answer some questions before I'll give money to the fund.

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