An advertising student has been stabbed nine times after asking a man to stop catcalling his girlfriend.
The San Francisco Chronicle said the incident happened near the intersection of Larkin and Ellis streets around 4:45am on Saturday.
Saavedra told the Chronicle, Schwartz was stabbed in the face, neck, arms and back, resulting in a punctured lung and 60 stitches on his arms alone.
A statement declares:
I think I can speak on behalf of all of Ben's friends when I say he is the sweetest most loving friend out there. He is there when you need a good laugh, a hug, or even just someone to listen to you. It's shocking to think something like this could happen to such an amazing person.
That is why we are trying to raise money to help Ben and his girlfriend Miyoko get through these tough times. Every little bit helps! We are hoping to raise enough money to help them with rent and also the dreaded medical bills. So please find it in your hearts to help these two very amazing and beautiful human beings!
The funding page has so far raised almost $20,000, with donations coming in from places as far afield as China and Spain.
The GoFundMe page has been adding updates on Schwartz's recovery and the amount of money raised. A recent update declared:
At first Ben was skeptical that people would donate even as much as $1,000. Now with all of your help we hope to pay for a giant portion of his medical bills, money from missing so much work, money to retake his last quarter of school and maybe even some money to help with his future facial surgery should he need it.
What we have seen over the past few days; the comments, the calls, the letters, the beautiful words and amazing people we have met and encountered along the way, we HAVE won in this fight. We have also decided If the surgeries and bills and cost of everything involved over time turns out to be under cost we plan to donate the remainder to the victims compensation fund of California San Francisco and encourage you that if the limit has been met already to do the same.