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BAT ASSAULT: Fundraising for Kamloops teen in coma goes beyond immediate family

Jessie Simpson, 18, remains at Kamloops Inland Hospital more than one month after a man allegedly beat him over the head with a baseball bat.
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July 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - People from Kamloops and Kelowna are coming together to raise money for the family of a teen who was beaten into a coma.

Jessie Simpson, 18, remains in hospital more than one month after a man allegedly beat him over the head with a baseball bat.

The creator of a GoFundMe page for Simpson, Christina Forde, has recently posted an update, saying it's not just Simpson's immediate family who needs the financial help.

"I was thinking of doing some kind of online silent auction... to help with the cost of the family members who commute back and forth to spend as much time with Jessie as possible," Forde posted. 

She says family members who don't live in the area have also been commuting to Kamloops to attend court appearnces by the accused in the case, Kristopher Teichrieb. Teichrieb's bail hearing wrapped up last week and a Kamloops Provincial Court judge is expected to deliver his decision this week.

So far, the donations on the GoFundMe page have more than doubled the original goal of $5,000.

Forde also posted that Simpson's aunt has contacted her and is planning to hold a silent auction for Simpson Aug. 12, but no details are available. 

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