A heroic father-of-two who suffered fractured facial bones after he was brutally beaten for standing up for a bullied 14-year-old boy said he would do it again despite his extensive injuries.
Wen Jones, a 43-year-old former Marine from Jupiter, Florida, was at the beach on May 19 when he saw Zion Wright being picked on by three older men.
When he told them to back down, the trio – Cody Moore Roon, Tyler Dylan Carswell and Eric Michael Deiter, all 20 – allegedly attacked. The men have now been arrested.
Mr Jones suffered concussion and a fracture under his eye which needed surgery and he was left with stitches over his face. Still, he said he’d do the same again.
As well as kicking sand at him, his father, LeRoy Wright Jr., told the Sentinel that they used racial slurs against the boy, who is black. Police have not charged them with a hate crime.
Later the same day, the men continued to harass the teenagers outside the restrooms and when Zion’s father arrived and saw them, he told them to leave.