Donation Fund Created for Vallejo Basketball Star

Student was brutally assaulted trying to break up a fight.

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009  |  Updated 9:36 AM PDT
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Donation Fund Created for Vallejo Basketball Star

Since the tape was released, the school district, as well as the hospital and local news stations, have received calls from around the country requesting information on how to donate to a fund for Lee, Hodge said.

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A bank account has been established to accept donations for a Vallejo high school student brutally beaten on his campus last week, a Vallejo City Unified School District spokesman said today.

Bryant Lee, a 17-year-old senior and basketball player, is still recovering from the Jan. 15 beating at Jesse Bethel High School. He remained in serious but stable condition today at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to school district spokesman Jason Hodge.

Six suspects have been arrested and charged by the Solano County District Attorney's Office in connection with the beating.

Vallejo police said the suspects emerged from two vans around 4 p.m. and one of them struck a 16-year-old girl in the face.

Lee and other basketball players who were outside the campus' student union area waiting for the start of their basketball practice intervened, Hodge said.

Lee was kicked, punched and choked, Hodge said. The beating was recorded by a school surveillance camera and has captured national attention.

Since the tape was released, the school district, as well as the hospital and local news stations, have received calls from around the country requesting information on how to donate to a fund for Lee, Hodge said.

Checks can be made out to Lee's mother Donna Lee, and mailed to Westamerica Bank, 2400 Hilborn Road, Fairfield, CA, 94534.

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