TG Heroes Save Elderly Man

The victim, Jack Mustachia (sitting), just after the attack in which he sustained injuries to his feet, knees, hands and back.

Houston – On Monday, September 14, 2011 two Transgender Center volunteers came to the aid of an elder member of the Montrose community who was being attacked by a younger man. The incident occurred on the corner of Pacific and Hopkins, just across the street from Club Blur, the location where Aaron Scheerhoorn was brutally murdered in front of a crowd of people who did nothing to stop the attack.

The 93 year old victim, Jack Mustachia, was attacked when he offered to help what appeared to be a homeless man by offering him some food. “I just asked him, ‘Are you hungry? I’ll try to find you something to eat.’ I brought him something to eat but he threw it dawn and jumped on me. He threw me to the ground and jumped on me. ” Mustachia said that the reason he tried to help the apparent homeless man was that he was just trying to be a good neighbor. “You just help people; that’s they way I grew up.”

Transgender (TG) Center volunteers Margaret Gibson and Carla Mancias were standing in front of the TG Center when they saw the attack already in progress. “There were people just standing around watching this man get attacked. I pulled the older gentleman away from the guy attacking him.” said Gibson.

Cristan Williams, TFA Director said, “After everything happened, Margaret came back inside the Center and told me that the police had arrested the man who attacked one of our elder community members.  After what happened to Aaron Sheerhoorn, I am very proud of both Margaret and Carla for being there. Both of these folks are heroes and serve as fine examples of engaged citizens.”

After learning that a community patrol group effort organized by the Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation would soon be patrolling the streets of the Montrose area, Mustachia said, “I think that would be good. This used to be a very nice neighborhood. I lived here for a long time and I liked it around here; everybody was nice. You could walk up to people and just talk. I would ride my bike around and feel safe. It was a nice community.”

While Mustachia feels differently about the neighborhood, he refuses to allow his attacker to steal away the simple pleasures of life. Mustachia continues to pass his time doing crossword puzzles and people watching from the wooden bench in front of his son’s town home. “Now I don’t feel safe, but I can’t keep locked up in the house. I like to sit out; I enjoy it. My son doesn’t want me to sit out here, but what can I do? I’m old, but I can’t be in the house all day sitting on the couch.” When asked if his attitude towards others had changed after the attack, he said, “I don’t know.” After a pause, he added, “I… I think I’ll keep wanting to help people. My parents always helped people in need. It’s how I was raised. My mother would give the homeless bread if that’s all she had to give and I still fill that way.”

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Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for transgender people.

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