TAMPA, Fla. – A GoFundMe has been set up for a Tampa mom who was brutally stabbed in front of her children by a now-deceased suspect.
The GoFundMe organizer said, “As most have heard, Crystal and her children have been through something so traumatic that no woman or child should ever have to. Crystal cannot work due to her being in the hospital, but her children still have needs. She no longer has a vehicle because of this incident, and she also needs a place to live for her and her children. She does not have a phone at the moment but appreciates all the thoughts and prayers. Any help is greatly appreciated by Crystal and her family.”
Crystal was stabbed thirteen times, remains in the hospital, and is currently listed in stable condition.
Tampa Police have positively identified the armed suspect who was killed during an officer-involved shooting on July 17 as 33-year-old Michael A Bresnahan.
After responding to the report of an adult female being stabbed, Tampa Police officers spotted the suspect vehicle.
When the driver, later identified as Bresnahan, pointed an AK-47 at officers, they engaged in a pursuit. Body-worn camera and aviation footage show the suspect failing to stop his vehicle, driving erratically, crashing through fences, and avoiding stop-sticks, before crashing into a car of innocent community members.
Immediately after the crash, evidence indicates gunshots were fired from Bresnahan’s car. Eighteen Tampa Police Officers discharged their weapons in response, believing Bresnahan posed an ongoing threat of imminent danger to additional community members and police officers. Bresnahan appears to have died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot; however, final autopsy results are pending.
“Our hopes are for a full and rapid recovery for the victim who has survived such unimaginable trauma,” said Chief Lee Bercaw. “Our Victims Advocate will be working tirelessly to ensure that this woman and her children are connected with the resources they may need to recover from this life-altering event.”
To view the fundraiser and help Crystal, please visit, Fundraiser by Codie Peacock Myers : Help for Crystal and children (gofundme.com)
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