Community raises over 87K to help 71-year-old ice cream man retire

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A California community rallied together to help provide a 71-year-old ice cream vendor who was beaten and robbed last month with $87,054.

After hearing David Juan Martinez’s story, hundreds of people in the community donated money to a GoFundMe account created in his name, according to KABC. The check was given to him on Thursday.

On Oct. 11, Martinez was walking home after selling ice cream when two men approached him and punched him several times in the face, breaking his nose.

His daughter-in-law started the GoFundMe account, which she hopes will help him retire.

The account reads:

I made this account to start raising money to retire David Juan Martinez from working as an Ice cream man. He is 70 year old father of 7. Last night as he walked home from work he was assaulted & robbed. Thankfully he managed to get away and made it home to safety. He was taken to Hospital and police report has been made. Luckily He only had a fractured nose and some bruises. As we walked out the Hospital I told him that he needs to rest, and he said he will rest the night and go to work tomorrow. I don’t want him to continue putting his life at risk. He and his wife are very hard workers. They never ask for help or bother anyone. He didn’t deserve to be assaulted especially as a senior age. He sells ice cream and he loves it, but it’s time for him to start taking care of himself. Please help me raise enough money so he can retire!