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Fundraiser held for T.C. Maslin, Eastern Market assault victim

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Friends and loved ones of a Capitol Hill man savagely beaten over a cell phone near Eastern Market came together to help his family.

T.C. Maslin suffered a severe brain injury following the August 18, 2012 attack. He was on his way home from Tune Inn bar when three men jumped him, leaving him to die in the street.

Maslin was in a coma for six days following the assault. He had to leave a rehabilitation center prematurely, because he exhausted his insurance. He struggles with paralysis to take care of himself and with his memory.

"Neither my husband or I can go to work anymore. He's going to need years of therapy. We just don't know what the future is going to look like," Maslin's wife, Abigail, said.

Tuesday night, he sat quietly at that same bar, greeting those who came to offer support.

Maslin welcomed friends bearing cards and gifts. He still has a long way to go from the night he was mugged.

Lisa Nardelli, the owner of Tune-Inn, organized the fundraiser.  Those who worked the front door were not surprised by the turn out.

Everyone in attendance came to help a friend in need, but they say seeing Maslin on the road to recovery gave them something in return.

"Everyone here is making it possible for us to keep going," Abigail added.

Twenty-one-year-old Tommy Branch, 17-year-old Sunny Kutti and 18-year-old Michael Moore were charged in the violent attack.

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