EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFamily, Friends Gather To Support Charleston Bouncer Released From Hospital
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jun. 20, 2014 5:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 20, 2014 9:36 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Charleston nightclub bouncer shot more than a dozen times was released from the hospital Friday, while a large group of family and friends waited outside to show their support.
Jimmy Beasley, 44, has been in the hospital for almost two months. His wife attributes his stubbornness to his survival and being able to be strong enough to continue healing at home.
Complete with a motorcycle and police escort, Beasley was released from CAMC General around 11 a.m.
"The recovery that he has come through, it's truly a blessing. Prayers do matter," his friend, Ronald Carpenter, said.
The former marine has been in the hospital since April 26.
"You never knew how many people knew Jimmy and loved Jimmy until this happened. It's just been amazing. People from out of state that we don't even know support from. And I think it's just the tragedy and the senselessness of what happened, I think has just brought a lot of people together in the community," Beasley's wife, Donna, said.
Beasley was shot while working as a bouncer at a downtown Charleston nightclub. Police said George Sawyer and Tasheem Collins ambushed him outside as he was walking two women to their car. The suspects were allegedly angry after they had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night.
But on Friday, Beasley's family and friends were not focused on those two suspects. They were only focused on Jimmy and his remarkable recovery.
"It's like a powerful, uplifting thing. You've got someone who's literally fighting for their life for the past two months and everyday making leaps and bounds," friend Shaun Dearien said.
Beasley asked to not be photographed just yet. His family said he's not quite ready to be on camera, but he is more than ready to go home and continue overcoming, healing and getting stronger.
"The world's not so much of a bad place. Bad things happen but there's still good people out here. That's the best thing to take out of it," Dearien said.
Collins and Sawyer are both charged with malicious wounding. They are both in jail while their cases are being prepared to present to a grand jury.
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