Crowds gathered this weekend in Medicine Park for a concert held for a teen with cerebral palsy who was lured into a park by her own family members and attacked.
The attack happened in a park on June 4 around 10:30 p.m. in the small Kiowa County town of Mountain View.
Rylie Pool, 18, was not seriously hurt.
While Pool was being attacked, bystanders recorded it on cellphone video.
“It’s really inspiring to see people come together for a cause like that and come together for your daughter and they don’t even know who she is,” said Robert Hopper, Pool’s stepfather.
Musician Cody Newby said he saw News 9’s story last month and knew he had to do something.
“I kind of pride myself on being a man of action and not somebody that just sits back and talks about it,” said Newby. “We are happy to do this, and we hope that it works out very well.”
It sure appeared that way after seeing smiles that mom and stepdad said they haven’t seen from Riley in a long time.
“To see her lock herself in her room and lay down in bed all day and not want to go nowhere is pretty awful to watch,” said Hopper. “(But to) see her get out here and smile and laugh and people loving her, it is just awesome.”
Between auctions and donations from the public, more than $4,000 was raised for Pool.
Newby has a message for other young kids and teens suffering from bullying.
“Understand that you are not alone,” said Newby. “There is more of us than there are of them. The biggest thing for me is love people.”
Since Pool and her family decided not to take any legal action, money raised will be donated to a charity of Pool’s choice.
News 9 has learned three female juveniles, two of which are Pool’s family members, have been taken into custody.
All three are currently going through the juvenile court system.