A University of Virginia employee is recovering from a stroke caused by the brutal beating he endured at the hands of torch-wielding Nazis in Charlottesville.
Tyler Magill, who works in the university’s library, rushed to protect his students when he heard their screams and saw that they were surrounded by white supremacists during the “Unite the Right” rally last weekend. He locked arms with his students who were gathered around a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
When the Nazis attacked, Magill was hit in the neck with one of their torches which later caused him to have a stroke due to the blunt force trauma.
“I was just thinking, be with them,” he said in an interview before the stroke. “I linked arms with them and they were on us, frothing … liquid splashed on us and then torches.”
Magill, who works as a radio DJ in addition to his job at the university, also made headlines when he boldly confronted Jason Kessler, organizer of the Unite the Right rally, during a press conference on Sunday.
“Her name was Heather, Jason,” Magill can be heard saying with his arms raised in the air as he follows Kessler down a sidewalk. “Her blood is on your hands. Her blood is on your hood.”
Magill is currently in fair condition, but doctors are convinced that it was the blunt force trauma from being hit in the neck with the torch that triggered a clot to develop and ultimately caused his stroke. According to his friends, he will need intensive physical therapy and his recovery is likely to be long and hard. To help him during this time, they have started a Go Fund Me page which has already raised over $100,000.
Magill says that he does not belong to any actual activism groups, he just believes in social justice and civil rights for all.
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