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Funds raised for man severely beaten by mob in east Detroit

Steve Utash 54 -- David Harris 10
Steve Utash 54 -- David Harris 10

Over $80,000 has been raised for Steve Utash who was beaten by a crowd of about 12 men, when he stopped to help David Harris, a 10-year-old boy he accidentally hit with his truck.

His daughter Mandi Emerick, along with other family members, have been monitoring the fundraising account powered by GoFundMe. They reported that by 12:30 a.m. Sunday they had received donations from more than 1,900 donors in less than two days.

"I didn’t want to set it too high because I didn’t want to seem greedy,” said Emerick on Saturday. “I never expected this.”

Utash ,who is uninsured, remains in a medically induced coma due to the injuries received from the brutal attack.

"The doctors said it would be a few days before they can start taking him off the tubes and things,” said Emerick. “They said the best thing for him is a quiet room and sleep so he can heal.”

On Friday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones issued a joint statement, asking the public to help solve the crime and for the community to remain calm and patient.

They pointed out Utash had done the right thing by stopping and checking on the boy after the accident.

“We also are calling on members of our community who know the individuals involved in this brutal attack to step forward so that justice can be served and healing can begin,” they said.

Rev. David Bullock, pastor of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park has been instrumental in the fundraising efforts and has spoken out against the assailants.

"The attackers immediately responded violently, which speaks to the work we have to do in Detroit, Michigan and across the nation," said Rev. Bullock.

Police are still looking for individuals involved in the violent attack but have taken into custody two boys 16-year-old and 17-year-old in connection with the crime.

Police have said the crime was not racially motivated. Utash is white and his attackers were black.