Stephen Termini, a 57-year-old father from Buffalo, New York, suffered life-threatening injuries after being attacked by teens while on vacation in Dublin, Ireland, last week.
The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday, July 19. Stephen Termini was viciously kicked and beaten as he walked through Dublin’s cobbled streets after leaving his accommodation on nearby Talbot Street.
GofundMe, founded by Stephen Tremini’s son following the incident, said his father suffered “life-altering injuries” in the ill-founded attack, leaving him in a coma.
A fundraiser set up to provide financial assistance to families surpassed their goal of $10,000 and raised over $91,000. Stephen’s son Mike Rizzuto said the money raised will help him reach his father in Ireland, who is fighting for his life. Part of the fundraiser read:
“My father instilled a love of music in me and has supported me immensely over the last ten years. Over the years we may not have been the closest, but he is still my father and the reason I am here today.”
Stephen Termini saved years for a visit to Ireland
A GoFundMe, created for Stephen Termini, details the harrowing ordeal the victim suffered, who reportedly “save a penny” to secure a trip to Ireland.
Stephen, who worked in a galvanizing factory, is said to have always dreamed of visiting Ireland to trace his family history. Fundraiser said Termini decided to travel after losing his wife to illness in April 2022.
A memo written by Steven’s sister Michelle and posted on a crowdfunding page revealed that Spehen’s family, who had emigrated from Dublin to the United States, lost their mother, Ann Donnelly, in 2004.
After missing his mother’s funeral in Ireland, Steven Termini has been saving up to visit her final resting place, according to a fundraiser.
“His mother, Ann Donnelly, I was from Mayo. He thought he might be able to learn more in Ireland, as their traces are hard to find from here. Our mother’s last wish was to be buried in Ireland (2004). Although he was unable to attend the ceremony at the time, he longed to visit her final resting place. “
The page said that Stephen’s grandfather, Charles Wilson, was a painter and painted Dublin’s cathedral.
A teenager has been charged in connection with the attack on Sunday 23 July, according to the BBC. An unidentified boy who appeared at a special hearing at the Irish Children’s Court has been released on bail pending a hearing on Thursday 27 July.
Meanwhile, Steven’s son Mike Rizzuto said in a statement to The Irish Independent that he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the GoFundMe people who allowed his family to visit his father in Ireland.