Fundraiser Created for Soldier Injured Following Mummers Day Parade

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Philadelphia police continue to search for suspects in the brutal beating of a Camden County soldier, who was attacked following the iconic Philadelphia mummers parade on New Year's Day. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.

According to police, 19-year-old U.S. Army soldier Austin Freni of Atco went to see the parade with his girlfriend, his mother, and his 15-year-old brother.  The attack occurred around 11 p.m., on the corner of Third Street and Oregon Avenue, where police said eleven young men began beating the young soldier after a verbal altercation.

Lori Freni, Austin's mother, told police that she, along with her 15-year-old son and Austin's girlfriend, were hurt trying to pull the group of men away from Austin, who suffered a broken jaw in the attack. The mother, who was recently laid off from work, and her younger son also suffered serious injuries.

The military is covering Austin's medical costs and a GoFundMe page was set up by the family.

Meanwhile, the attackers, said to be between the ages of 18 and 20 have yet been identified. If anyone has information you can call 215-686-TIPS or send a text to PPD TIP or 773847.

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