Chicago Pastor Timothy Johnson And Wife Renee Recovering After Vicious Beating; Attacker Bit Off Parts Of Their Ears, Gouged Their Eyes

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A married couple with a long history of service to their South Side community were the victims of a horrific attack over the weekend. Now friends are rallying to support the couple many say would “give you the shirts off their backs.”

Even in this violent city, what happened to Timothy and Renee Johnson is inconceivable.

“It’s like a page out of a horror movie,” said their daughter, Destinee Johnson.

Their three adult children, who live in different parts of the country, rushed to their sides.

“No one wants this happen to any person at all, let alone your own parents,” said their son Joshua Johnson.

On Saturday Timothy and Renee were on Emerald near 105th doing chores for Renee’s 95-year-old mother.

“It was nice outside, so you go out and clean up around the house,” said Timothy’s sister Rhonda Hutcherson. “And he was in the alley, cleaning up behind there.”

A man approached Timothy, asking if he wanted to buy something.

“My brother just told him, ‘No, I’m ok. No thank you. I’m not interested.’ And he just attacked him,” Renee said.

Timothy was beaten with the shovel he was carrying to do yard work. When Renee ran to her husband, she too was attacked.

“He brutally attacked them,” Renee said.

She said it’s hard to describe.

Their eyes were gouged, parts of their ears bitten off. Prosecutors say when the 28-year-old man was arrested, he was covered in blood.

“Nobody could have imagined we would wake up on a Saturday and this was going to happen,” Destinee said.

It happened to Timothy, a minister at Salem Baptist Church who who pastors on streets and parks, even as he recovers from cancer.

“I really want you to understand, and I want the people to understand, how much of a giving person he is,” said Renee. “He will give you the shirt off his back.”

It happened to Renee, a special education teacher.

“They’ve done so much for the students and people in this city, and so this to happen to them is just unfortunate,” said their son Antonio.

They are two pillars of the community now facing a long, difficult recovery.

“My parents’ hearts are so big. My parents’ love is overflowing,” said Destinee. “We don’t know why this happened, right. But it’s a nightmare, but blessings in it as well.”

It’s a blessing, they say, that there has been such an outpouring of love for the couple. They will not be able to work anytime soon, and they have a GoFundMe page.

The 28-year-old alleged attacker is held on a $5 million bond.

EDITED TO ADD GOFUND ME BELOW

https://gofund.me/d5025004
 
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That guy reminds me of that bath salt cannibal. Drugs, mental illness or just plain old psychopathy, he needs to be locked up for life be it in a prison or mental health hospital.
 
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I was wondering if they were going to let this out, the offender was so damn crazed, the hospital wanted nothing to do w/him. He was supposed to get checked out but no one could handle him, it took 2 days to get him checked and released so they could cart his ass off to jail.
 
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I was wondering if they were going to let this out, the offender was so damn crazed, the hospital wanted nothing to do w/him. He was supposed to get checked out but no one could handle him, it took 2 days to get him checked and released so they could cart his ass off to jail.
wow. what the fck. i wish them a speedy recovery. just fucking awful
 
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But why? All because he said he didn’t want to buy what he was selling? It sounds like he was probably planning to rob him and just took the opportunity because he was the only one outside at the time.
 
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This story is sad as hell. This monster sounds as if he's mentally ill, and took some "bad" drugs. But he needs to go to prison, and he needs to rot there. Peace and blessings to the victims and the family. I can only imagine what the parents are going through.

It always seems as horrific things happen to such good people. Yet assholes get to roam free, living their best lives.
 
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Pure evil. Pure demonic evil. I hope he never is able to walk the streets again and I pray this couple makes a complete recovery. :broken_heart: SMH
 
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I was wondering if they were going to let this out, the offender was so damn crazed, the hospital wanted nothing to do w/him. He was supposed to get checked out but no one could handle him, it took 2 days to get him checked and released so they could cart his ass off to jail.
That’s strange. Isn’t it the hospital where he belongs and not jail?
 
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When you start attacking people by biting and gouging their eyes straight to jail were you can be secured and receive mental health resources in there.
 
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I hope the goons inside of the jail rip that fool apart. They always want to ride on the wrong person. But here is someone as the perfect candidate. They need to be marching, shooting for pastor and his wife!
 
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Dear lord, how horrific! This world is a cesspool and the lunatics are about to take over the asylum. Im really thinking of buying a taser. Seems like nowhere is safe anymore, not even your own backyard.

Hopefully this madman didnt do too much permanent damage. Im praying for their healing, both mental and physical.
 
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