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Homeless beating victim speaks out

December 20, 2011 3:01:51 PM PST
The man who was viciously beaten by two young men who recorded the attack on camera is speaking out.

The victim is a homeless man, and there has been an outpouring of support for him.

David Ivins has a warm bed, food and clothing in the heart of Belmar.

It's a drastic change from the makeshift tent he called home in the middle of a wooded area.

"I was sitting there having a beer and they ran and jumped on me," Ivins said.

From his donated room at the Belmar Inn, David Ivins told Eyewitness News he doesn't remember much about that afternoon.

That day, two young men decided to punch, kick and torment the homeless man living in the wooded area, believing it was so funny they put it up on YouTube for the world to see.

At one point on the video they gave him an apology, followed by a knee to the gut.

"I'm trying to relax. My let got a cramp in it," Ivins said.

As for what he thinks about his two young attackers, "Not much."

Police quickly arrested 20-year-old Taylor Giresie and a 17-year-old minor because the video is crystal clear.

The images disgusted Giresie's long time neighbors.

"He's been in and out of foster homes. I'm not saying what he did was right. He's had a really screwed up family life. His father died last week. He was a total alcoholic," said Giresie's neighbor, Bobby.

Mayor Matthew Doherty says he's seen an incredible outpouring of support for the 50-year-old victim from the residents of Wall Township to countless calls from across the country.

"I have a coat and gloves," Ivins said.

"I can't tell you how many messages I got by text and Facebook about this. Everyone wants to do something for this man," Mayor Doherty said.

Information on how you can help the victim:

The Wall Township Police Department has coordinated efforts with Wall Helps Its People (WHIP) to set up a donation fund for the assault victim. Anyone interested in making a monetary donation can mail it to the following address: WHIP P.O.Box 1214, Wall, NJ 07719.

WHIP will not be accepting clothing or food donations on Mr. Ivins' behalf. Monies received will be used to provide Mr. Ivins with food, clothing, shelter and other necessities that he may need. Please indicate on the memo portion of your check "David Ivins" or include a note indicating where you would like your donation to be directed. Any clothing or food products for the victim can be dropped at the Belmar Police Department.

For other information please visit www.wallpolice.org.

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