Community Rallies to Support Autistic Boy Alfredo Morales After Mercedes Driver Slaps Him in Pacoima Incident

Community Rallies to Support Autistic Boy Alfredo Morales After Mercedes Driver Slaps Him in Pacoima Incident

Alfredo Morales, a 10-year-old boy with autism, has found himself at the center of an outpouring of support after a distressing incident.

Alfredo was slapped by a Mercedes driver for damaging the hood ornament on a luxury sedan, but the story took a heartwarming turn as the community rallied behind him.

The altercation happened at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Osbourne Street in Pacoima.

Alfredo’s Spanish-speaking sister tried to explain to the driver that Alfredo is autistic, but the man still slapped the boy and walked away.

This act was caught on camera, and the video quickly spread online.

The Morales family, who are currently homeless and living out of a truck, received an overwhelming response from the public.

A GoFundMe campaign started for Alfredo raised over $30,000, far surpassing its initial goal of $10,000.

The support has provided a glimmer of hope for the family in desperate need of assistance.

A man named Alex Manzo, who was moved by Alfredo’s story on social media, launched the GoFundMe campaign.

Despite not knowing the family personally, Manzo felt compelled to help.

His efforts, along with those of others, have shown a remarkable display of community solidarity.

Local rapper Swifty Blue also stepped in, offering to fix the family’s truck and connect them with a lawyer.

Antonio Villegas, the family’s attorney, has vowed to do everything possible to help the Morales family beyond legal actions, aiming to provide resources that can improve their lives.

Identifying the Attacker

The driver who slapped Alfredo has been identified but not publicly named.

The incident, which left a small dent in the Mercedes’ hood ornament, has not only drawn public ire but also legal attention.

The attacker could face charges of battery of a minor, which can carry severe penalties.

The Road Ahead

While the Morales family continues to navigate their challenging circumstances, the support they’ve received has provided much-needed relief and hope.

Alfredo, who regularly touches objects around him due to his autism, has unintentionally brought out the best in his community, highlighting the importance of compassion and solidarity in times of need.

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