NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville family is far from home this holiday, but full of thanks. They’re spending their Thanksgiving in a Georgia rehab center after their 24-year-old son was brutally attacked in an East Nashville home invasion.
Austin Stuck’s parents were at least two states away when they got the call.
“We got a call from one of Austin’s roommates,” explained Bonnie, Austin’s mother. “There’d been a horrible accident, and Austin had been stabbed five times.”
Austin was in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center ER after he was attacked in his home during a robbery on Russell Street.
“Someone broke in and Austin was asleep on the couch,” said Stuck. “He got stabbed five times, twice in the neck, and then once on the shoulder, and two on his back.”
In desperate need of blood and prayers, they stuck by their son’s side in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Metro police sought his attacker by tracking a stolen credit card.
“I’m actually grateful that he took that credit card,” noted Bonnie.
Ralph Martin Jr., 41, was arrested days later on unrelated charges. Authorities announced earlier this week, that Martin had confessed to the East Nashville stabbing.
The Stucks, however, were long gone. Austin was in Georgia, slowly getting back on his feet.
The rehab effort is being funded in part by hundreds of donors. In nine short days, more than $40,000 have been collected.
“It’s been unbelievable, so humbling,” said Bonnie. “People that we don’t know, there’s a lot of anonymous donations.”
Just before leaving for dinner, Bonnie handed the phone to Austin for a surprise interview with News 2. Even though his voice hadn’t fully returned, Austin was quick to thank all those who continue to support his recovery.
“It’s been really humbling to know that everyone can come together and support me like that,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, that’s for sure.”
To give to Austin’s GoFundMe account, click here.