Abby Maslin remembers the harrowing day her husband, Thomas “TC” Maslin, was attacked and severely beaten in August on Capitol Hill.
“It was terrifying and so undeserved,” she said. “These men took out our future, and I’m doing everything I can to get that back.”
Three young men attacked Maslin and robbed him of his iPhone and wallet on North Carolina Avenue as he was walking home in the early morning hours of Aug. 18. After attending a Washington Nationals game, he had drinks with friends at the Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue and left around 12:45 a.m. He was found in critical condition around 3 a.m. on the porch of a North Carolina Avenue home.
Maslin has had two brain surgeries since the attack and remains in the hospital. His wife said he suffers from aphasia and struggles to speak clearly. She has documented his long, difficult recovery on her blog, loveforthemaslins.blogspot.com. She had to quit her teaching job at Brent Elementary to care for him and their 22-month-old son, Jack.
His attackers — Tommy Branch, 21, Michael Moore, 18, and Sunny Kuti, 17 — were arrested on Sept. 27 after a robbery near Dupont Circle. Abby faced them for the first time during a preliminary court hearing Friday.
“I want them to know who I am, and I want them to see the effects of what they’ve done,” she said Thursday.
Maslin, her neighbors and her friends gathered at Brent Elementary on Thursday night to announce the creation of a Maslin family trust and plans for a Ward 6 Fall Safety Festival to raise money for it.
“I knew it was a great community, and it’s been really astounding because I know not everyone going through this kind of thing has the support we have,” Maslin said.
The festival will happen from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Third and D streets Southeast, with a moon bounce, face painting, baking competition, field day and locally sourced food from chef Michael Bonk at Sonoma Kitchen. The American Legion will hold a beer and wine garden.
The community wants to rally around the Maslin family and hopes to raise $10,000 at the festival. Festival organizer and fellow Brent Elementary parent Daniel Holt said the attacks shook the community, but putting together the festival has helped comfort people and bring them together.
“It rocks your world and it shatters you,” he said. “But the size and scope of this event has been incredible. It’s been incredibly comforting to meet new members of the community and to talk about it and work through it.”
He added that while Capitol Hill is safe, residents should remember not to walk around with their phones out because it makes them a target for crime. You can donate to the Maslin family trust at simpleregistry.com/loveforthemaslins, and you can send them messages of support through email@example.com.
“They would never ask for a dime, but I think it would be great if we can get lots of people to come out into the community and support them,” said Vanessa Ford, a family friend and teacher at Brent Elementary.
Correction: Oct. 15, 2012
An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect date and an unclear location for the festival. The festival will be Oct. 21 at Third and D streets Southeast.
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