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Community Helps RIT Freshman Whose Mother Was Attacked, Money for College Stolen

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. -- Tyshon Martinez is getting settled at Rochester Institute of Technology after moving in Sunday. As many college freshmen reminisce about home, Tyshon is thinking about mother, who remains hospitalized following an Aug. 5 attack outside her home on Rochester's west side.

"She said she is very proud of me and I'm going to make it. She's just very happy for me," said Tyshon. He was salutatorian at All-City High School at the John Marshall campus, and is the first in his family to attend college.

Sharlena Martinez, 46, is still in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was attacked outside her home, near Emerson and Fulton avenues.

"She was taking kids home from daycare and then when she got back, she was coming up our stairs and someone came up behind her and said 'give me that' and they were talking about her purse," said Tyshon.

Martinez said he was home at the time and ran outside when he heard her screaming.

"He dragged her in the street and stabbed her 17 times. Both of her lungs were punctured so she had to get tubes put in both of her lungs," said Martinez.

Inside his mother's purse that day was $500 that was going to be used for school supplies. After it was stolen, the family was unsure of what they were going to do.

A former guidance counselor set up a GoFundMe page, which has helped him buy the supplies he needs. It surpassed a goal of $1,000.

Tyshon said it was always a dream of his to come to RIT, and without the help of the community he wouldn't be walking the halls of his dream school.

"It's very helpful for us. Now we don't have to worry so much about this and we can just focus on my mom and helping her heal," said Tyshon. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP