Every new detail that comes out of this is more disgusting than the last. We are all asking the same questions but this poor man may never get the answers he deserves.
The aunt of a special needs teenager who was tortured for hours by four friends has told DailyMail.com that he was unable to speak about the attack – other than to repeatedly ask why a friend he idolized had done this to him.
Janet Grant said her 18-year-old nephew, would be mentally scarred by the six-hour ordeal where he was bound, beaten, cut, burned and forced to drink from a toilet.
Brittany Covington, 18; her sister Tanisha Covington, 24; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and Jordan Hill, 18, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime. Hill attended school with [the victim] for several years.
Speaking on Friday morning Grant said: ‘[The victim] just keeps saying, ‘Why, why? Jordan was my friend. He’s been my friend for a couple of years.’
She continued: ‘They went to school together, they both had problems. He adores Jordan. I don’t know Jordan but [the victim] really liked him. It’s one thing if they didn’t know each other but [the victim] idolized him.’
Grant, who is the sister of the victim’s father said the family were ‘terrible’ since the teenager’s ordeal.
‘He’s got enough problems already. They put cigarette butts out on his head, cut a hole in his scalp. Once they took him to Chicago, he had no meds for four days. He couldn’t even fight back.
‘Physically he’ll heal but mentally…he’ll always be looking over his shoulder. Probably won’t trust anybody. ‘
Grant said that she was unsure if any family members would attend the first court appearance of the four accused on Friday afternoon in Chicago.
‘I don’t even know if my brother’s going – everyone is having a hard time dealing with it,’ she said.
The family does not know the connection Hill had to the other three accused. His aunt said the only thing she would ask them is ‘why – just why?’
His cousin, Kyle Pudowski, 21, told DailyMail.com: ‘I don’t know what made people do that. It’s crazy.’
Mrs Grant added: ‘Or even watch people do that. How could a woman watch that? They thought it was going to make them popular – putting cigarette butts out on a kid with schizophrenia and ADD.’
Kyle Pudowski said he hoped that the perpetrators would receive lengthy prison sentences for that they had done.
The aunt added: ‘It’s not even about the punishment – just why?
Grant said the family had been deeply touched by the outpouring of support from the local community and beyond. A GoFundMe account set up with a goal of raising $10,000 has gone well past $40,000.
‘It’s wonderful,’ she said. ‘It’s sad it takes something like this.’
Grant said that she had spent a lot of time with the victim and that she and her brother babysat each other’s children when they were growing up.
She said: ‘[He’s] a good boy. He would give you the shirt off his back.
‘His mom didn’t like him hanging out but [he] would say, “that’s my friend, that’s my friend.” He looked up to Jordan.
‘[He] thought he was cool. I think he was one of the popular ones at school.’
The family made a brief statement to local TV stations on Monday night.
David Boyd, the victim’s brother-in-law, said: ‘He’s doing well as well as he could be at this time. We are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother.
‘This should never happen.’