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.’



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