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Police Say Paintball was not cause of Holdren's death.

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SPPLAT establishes relief fund
By Bill Mills
March 2002

Recently California resident Gary Holdren was assaulted with paintguns while roller skating in Newport Beach, California.  Holdren, who suffered a head injury after falling during the assault was hospitalized and is presently in a medically induced coma.  The long term damage from the assault will not be known until after Holdren is revived by his doctors. 

Law enforcement agents are on the look out for the 3 youth suspects who assaulted Holdren, and local newspapers are citing the incident as a “paintball attack.”  One Orange County Register headline read, “Vigil for paint-ball victim continues Friends rally around Gary Holdren, who is in a coma.”  While paintball players realize this assault had nothing to do with the sport, not everyone reporting on the issue, or reading the mass media is aware of this.

In an effort to not only help Mr. Holdren, but also to show that this incident is not representative of the paintball community, the Society of Paintball Players and Teams (SPPLAT) has established a relief fund to help Mr. Holdren through his recovery, as he will undoubtedly be facing mounting medical bills and lost wages.  The fund is being managed by First Western Bank in Rogers, Arkansas, and 100% of money donated will go directly to Mr. Holdren.

Players wishing to donate may mail contributions to:
First Western Bank
Attn: Gary Holdren Fund
2722 W. Walnut
Rogers, AR 72756

SPPLAT also has plans to make a secure online form available in the near future where donations may be made directly to Mr. Holdren’s account.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault or have any information that may assist in the capture of Mr. Holdren’s assailants is urged to contact the Newport Beach Police Department.

The staff of would like to encourage our readers to take a moment to pray for Mr. Holdren to have a fast, and full recovery.

For the latest information on this story, please see:
Police Say Paintball was not cause of Holdren's death.

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