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http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/211650351.html?fullSite=y Charles “Chuck” Lawton is a good hearted man with four wonderful and kind-hearted girls....the oldest being 16 and the youngest only 3 weeks old, born on his own birthday. He likes to live his life by the Golden Rule - “Do unto others as you would have done unto you” On June 13, 2013, Chuck was on a break during his work shift when he and a co-worker noticed what seemed to be two men breaking into a car in the parking lot. We now know that the unknown men were massively damaging a vehicle with intense passion. Chuck and his co-worker hurried over to try and stop them. The vandals fled and they pursued them. While the co-worker tried to get a license plate number and called the police, Chuck placed himself in front of the car in hopes of stopping their get away. Instead, the vandals ran him over and dragged his body under their car, causing extensive and horrific injuries.  The doctors are estimating that Chuck will be in the hospital for the next 2-3 months and possibly longer. He will have to endure many surgeries to repair all of the injuries that he has and each time he goes under or they cut into him, it opens him up to infection. He has already had 3 surgeries...during one they found a ruptured spleen which was removed and also infection in all of the wounds. They were cleaned out as best as they could and seem to be holding steady for now. He has 3rd and 4th degree burns and road rash on more than 60% of his body. During an MRI, they also found a broken collar bone. His left arm and right hand were damaged so severely that it is a great possibility that he will have to have both amputated. At this time, he is under such heavy sedation that he is not conscious. Chuck's fiance, Amanda, is devoted to him, by his side every second she can and supporting him throughout this whole ordeal. The downfall of this is the stress and worry of bills, both medically and day-to-day living for their family. With Amanda just recently giving birth, Chuck was the breadwinner, but since he was employed through a temp agency, he was not given benefits such as medical insurance. There are government programs that will help cover the medical costs which is a huge weight removed, but that doesn't account for the present, everyday living expenses (food, gas, rent, utilities, diapers, formula, etc). Amanda is such a strong woman that even with these troubles, she's always there for Chuck and is totally focused on his health and well-being.  Chuck's family has set up this fundraiser to try and reach out to as many people as we can to raise money for their family to survive during this horrific time. With all the injuries, it may be a while before Chuck is able to work and if the amputation is done, possibly he may never work. We would like to lessen the stress for them by providing their family with funds so they can keep their focus on him. We understand that not everyone can give....please remember that prayers are always welcome and considered a blessing to all of us that have been touched by this tragedy. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, donations, and support. Please share this with all that you know!!!
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Jeromy and Karyn Lawton

Streator, United States

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  1. Updated posted by maiisoh On Jul 19, 2013

    July 19

    This is what was placed in a local newspaper:

    The Chicago man charged with first degree murder of an Ottawa man was denied bond this week. Jose Gasco Garcia of southwestern Chicago was in court Tuesday afternoon at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Bridgeview. Garcia allegedly hit 35-year old Charlie Lawton, a Streator native, with an SUV and then fled in suburban Bedford Park on June 13th. Lawton passed away from his injuries this past Saturday. Garcia will return to court on Monday, August 5th at 9 AM at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Bridgeview.


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  2. Updated posted by maiisoh On Jul 15, 2013

    July 15

    We are all so happy to be able to share the news that they have caught the man responsible!!!  He is being charged with 1st Degree Murder...the highest charge they have!  It has been approved by the States Attorney.  This in no way takes away the pain and grief we all feel, but it does give us all a small measure of peace to know that he will be held accountable for his actions and is no longer on the streets able to hurt someone else the way he did Chuck.  Thank you all for the prayers and support you have shown!  It is overwhelming to see how many people care!


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      Posted Jul 15, 2013

      so glad they caught the bastard. at least this will bring some closure, but it won't change the f...

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  3. Updated posted by maiisoh On Jul 13, 2013

    July 14

    It is with great sadness I report that my big brother Charles Lawton passed away this morning leaving behind four wonderful and beautiful girls. He was a great father, brother, and friend to all. He will be missed and loved forever. Thank you to all that donated there money and prayers during this horrific time in our lives. God bless you all and your families. I will post a date and time for a memorial service.


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