October 7, 2005

From a brutal attack to a peaceful event

Peace Festival will benefit victim of near-death crime.

By Pablo Jaime Sainz

Fernando Ayon is an independent music producer who will never forget July 30: That’s the day he was almost killed.

He was getting out of his car when an unknown assailant came up to him and stabbed him 13 times in the head, neck, chest and left arm. Not only that: He also received a strong charge from a stun gun.

He was able to give a strong kick to the man who was trying to kill him. He was also able to call 911 from his cell phone.

“I didn’t know I was hurt so badly,” Ayon said. “I could see the blood pouring from my face and arm, but I was in a state of shock.”

Fernando Ayon

Ayon lost his house because he couldn’t work due to the injuries. He was in the hospital for 6 days, which it turned out to be a $75,000 debt. Also, he lost movement on his left arm, which suffered the most damage from the bruttal attack that day.

“The doctors at the hospital said that the cuts in my arm were so deep that you could see the bone,” Ayon said.

In order to help Ayon raise the money he needs to pay off his hospital debt and to be able to get his family into a home and back to their normal life, Ayon’s siter, Lourdes Jimenez has been organizing the Peace Festival 2005: Beat the Violence.

“It’s going to be a family event where people will have lots of fun,” she said. “We’re having performers whose albums my brother has produced,” she said.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Southwestern College Gymnasium. Several artists have pledged to perform free of charge; sponsors in the region are lining up ready to assist; local elected officials and community leaders have endorsed this effort.

Proceeds generated will go to help Fernando and his family; with a portion of funds donated to The Crime Victims Fund (www.CrimeVictims Fund.org) and the Southwestern College Puente Club.

About 1,200 people are expected to attend the Peace Festival, Jimenez said.

“When we talk about violence it is an issue that affects the community as a whole,” Jimenez said. “If something happens to a Chula Vista resident like my brother, it affects the whole city in a way.”

So far, Ayon has been able to raise about $6,000 from donations.

“All of our relatives and friends were trying to help us,” he said.

Jimenez said that the family trusts that justice will be done and that her brother’s attacker will be arrested.

So far, though, the Chula Vista Police Department has no suspects.

The Peace Festival taking place on October 16 is a good sign that good things are ahead for the Ayons.

“After the attack, this is the best thing that has happened,” Ayon said. “I’ve seen all the support from family members, neighbors, friends, strangers who have heard about my story. It’s just amazing how much good there is in our community.”

Although his life changed completely, Ayon said he’s confident he will get back on track.

He is the father of three children: Alexis, 8, Fernando, 6, and Ariana, 2. He and his wife Yvonne have been able to survive since the incident took place thanks to in-kind donations.

Ayon said that he’s ready to move forward and start producing albums for local artists. He’s also looking forward to putting this experience behind.

“I want my children to start living a normal life again,” he said.

Peace Festival 2005 : Beat the Violence
When: Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Southwestern College Gymnasium.
Cost: $20 per adult.

For more information, please contact Lourdes Ayon Jimenez by phone at (619)920-3300 or e-mail at lourdesayon@hotmail.com.

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