Gay college student’s vandalized car repaired for free by Virginia auto shop

Shop also got other businesses to contribute to make $10,000 in repairs

Gay college student’s vandalized car repaired for free by Virginia auto shop
22 August 2012

Three times between the months of March and May, Jordan Addison’s car was vandalized while parked in a lot at Radford University in Virginia and a fourth time while it was parked in front of his home.

Openly gay, it didn’t take him long to figure out the reason why the vandals kept striking and eventually caused $2,500 worth of damage.

‘The first time there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it,’ he tells WDBJ-7. ‘Then the second time I had ‘die’ keyed into it.’

Addison didn’t have the money to make the repairs. That’s when the good folks at Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, Virginia, stepped in.

‘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 manager Richard Henegar, Jr.

Henager and others spent more than 100 hours working on the car for free. They put on new tires, installed a new stereo, gave it a new paint job, tinted the windows and put in a new security system.

‘It looks great,’ Addison says. ‘It hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it.’

The total cost came to more than $10,000.

Henager reached out to 10 other businesses to help with the cost: ‘We might have all the good intentions in the world but we can’t afford to do this ourselves.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Bill Clinton urges on gay activists

Former US president praises speed of LGBTI movement but warns against complacency
No thumbnail available

US is 'deeply troubled' with Gambia president's 'hateful rhetoric' about gays

Secretary of State John Kerry slams Yahya Jammeh for calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes
No thumbnail available

Machu Picchu, Nazca lines and more jaw-dropping Peruvian places we love

Whether you believe it was aliens or the Incas, there’s no denying Peru is home to some of the world’s most impressive ancient ruins
Bomb scare brings Brighton Pride to a halt

Bomb scare brings Brighton Pride to a halt

Explosive officers were called to the UK seaside city seafront just before the Pride parade began
No thumbnail available

How I am both black and gay at the same time

A special event this week, The Rainbow Intersection, will open up discussions on race, culture and sexuality
No thumbnail available

Hobbit trailer starring McKellen released online

Gay actors Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry among stars of The Hobbit
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay preacher visits campus: You have to see what the students did next

Preacher tells gay couple they're going to hell for holding hands. But then the students start to sing to drown his idiocy out
No thumbnail available

Matt Bomer on the extreme manscaping required to play stripper in Magic Mike

'I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again'
No thumbnail available

Ireland's Taoisceach will argue for same-sex marriage in live debate ahead of referendum

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign
No thumbnail available

Ex TV boss: We need more bi and trans people on screen

Student Pride sees British LGBTI students come together for a weekend of debates and parties