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Benefit held to raise money for La Crosse beating victim

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -Terrance Callahan Jr. has spent the last five months in the hospital recovering from severe head injuries. On Saturday friends held a benefit in his honor to help raise money for his medical bills.

Last October 6th, police went to a home on Ferry Street in La Crosse to find Callahan Jr. lying in a pool of his own blood.

According to the criminal complaint, 31-year-old Thomas Beitlich of Madison broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and attacked Callahan Jr, her new boyfriend.

Police say Callahan Jr. had 15 to 20 cuts to his head. Beitlich is now charged with Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide with the use of a Dangerous Weapon and Armed Burglary.

Callahan Jr. is currently in a Marshfield hospital.

He suffered traumatic injuries and had brain surgery to repair his skull. Friends say he can barely speak but slowly he's getting better.

Terrance, or Terry as his friends call him, was at the event via Skype.

Friends who have seen him aren't sure if Terry knows what happened to him, but they say his spirits are up and he's getting better every day.

43-year-old Terry has lived in La Crosse his entire life. Friends who grew up with him couldn't say enough good things about him.

Cheech Hall, a childhood friend, said, "He's the funniest person I've ever met in my life, no matter what we we're doing we'd always laugh, always smile, always had a good time."

Terrance has a long journey ahead, his friends say. It could take up to two years or more for him to recover.

They hope to raise around $10,000 dollars at Saturday's benefit.

If you'd like to help the Callahan family, donations can be mailed to the Government Employees Credit Union in La Crosse at 325 La Crosse St. La Crosse, WI 54601.

Beitlich will be in court this coming week. If convicted, he could spend up to 65 years in prison.


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