Community comes together to raise funds for assault victim

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Local support for the victim of a violent assault was evident at a fundraiser that took place Wednesday night at the Mettatuxet Yacht Club in Narragansett.

The community gathered to enjoy pizza, pasta and bought raffle tickets to help Sean Murphy with his medical bills.

Murphy, 39, suffered a serious head injury and was hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of teens walking home on School Street around 12:30 a.m. in August.

“I’m just so grateful that from something so evil, something so beautiful has given birth,” said Julie Clark, who organized the event.

Murphy’s friend, Brian Watson, was with him at the time of the assault, according to police.

At the event, he said, “I walked that same route by myself before and God forbid he wasn’t by himself that night because he would’ve just been left there.”

Police said Watson suffered minor injuries and Murphy spent several weeks in the ICU.

“He still has a long road ahead of him, but definitely we’re optimistic that he’s going to make a full recovery,” said Watson.

Clarke said that the community raised $6,000. “The whole community has been so unbelievable, everybody’s heart has opened up,” she said.