Benefit held for woman victimized by crime

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Friends and family of a Powhatan woman viciously assaulted in an attempted abduction came together to help her get her life back. Mary Anderson is a special education teacher in the Powhatan school district. She is still recovering from the attack.

Anderson has a long road of recovery ahead of her. In addition the medical bills connected to her injuries, she is also lost her home. The suspect in her case burnt it to the ground.

The mother of four and Powhatan school teacher touched the lives of so many the least many of them felt they could do was come together to offer their support and financial help. They threw a benefit for her Monday night at Mulligan's in Chesterfield; hoping that whatever little bit they could scrape together would make this already difficult situation just a little bit easier.

"The medical bills are I am sure stacking up and it is going to be a long road back. She has to rebuild her life," said Mulligan's owner Carla Latora.

"We really need to get everyone together, support Mary support her family as a community because this could've happen to any of us," said family friend Nicole and Stacy Norman.

Mary's injuries are so serious that she remains in intensive care while she recovers. Police say 29-year-old James Wolfe broke into her home beat her up, set her house on fire, abducted and robbed her then dumped her on the side of the road in Chesterfield.

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