The former captain of the Dresden Junior Kings is recovering in hospital after suffering from a stab wound in Windsor.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Thamesville’s Dillon Liberty, 23, after the alleged incident, which took place in a bar on New Year’s Day, shortly after the ball dropped.
“Dillon is a very caring person that didn’t deserve this at all,” the GoFundMe page states.
“He is in stable condition after having his spleen removed, as well as punctures in his diaphragm and lung. He is currently still in the hospital fighting every day to get back to normal.”
After being launched on January 4, the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $5,000 of the $10,000 goal.
“This fundraiser is to help Dillon with wages lost due to this unforeseen circumstance as well as any treatment or therapy he will need after the hospital,” the GoFundMe page stated.
“It is also for the Liberty family who have travelled to and from Windsor several times spending money on gas/food etc. These donations can help ease the stress of the family in this tough time. Any little bit counts and please leave a message for Dillon if you decide to donate.”
Windsor Police officials say an arrest has been in relation to the alleged incident.
“On Tuesday January 1, 2019 at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of Ouellette Avenue for a report of a stabbing,” Windsor Police officials allege.
“Officers located an adult male with a stab wound. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Forensic Identification Unit attended and processed the scene.”
Windsor Police officials said in a press release that through investigation a suspect was identified.
“At approximately 6:15 a.m., the suspect was located and arrested without incident at a business located in the 1800 block of Huron Church Road,” Windsor Police allege.
A 20-year-old Windsor man was charged with aggravated assault and weapons dangerous, police allege.
No weapon was recovered, Windsor Police officials allege.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.
Liberty recently completed a tremendous Junior ‘C’ Hockey career, which was capped off by being named the Ontario Hockey Associations ‘Jr. C Player of the Year’ when he captained the 2016-2017 Dresden Kings.
That season, Liberty won the scoring title with 77 points in 38 games.
He also led the division with 45 goals, which tied him for third-most in the entire Provincial Junior Hockey League.
To donate to the fundraiser for Liberty, click here.