WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Abby Maslin's husband, Thomas "TC' Maslin, was robbed, beaten and left for dead in the early morning of August 18th. Friday morning, she faces two of the three men accused with changing her life forever. "I want to look them in the eye and I want them to know who I am and what they have done," she said.
TC was walking home from stopping at a Capitol Hill bar after a Nationals game when the attack happened. He was discovered hours later, clinging to life on the porch of a North Carolina Avenue home, seven blocks away from his home.
The attack unnerved people who live in the area. Police arrested three men after a little more than a month. Abby Maslin has been sharing TC's long, painful road on her blog: loveforthemaslins.blogspot.com. She says her court date on Friday will help give her closure. "They have created a tremendous hole in my heart and their damage is going to be permanent damage," she said.
Maslin and her neighbors, friends and supporters gathered at Brent Elementary School in Capitol Hill on Thursday night to talk about a planned Ward 6 Safety Festival later this month.
The festival will take place on Sunday, October 21 from 11 am.- 4p.m. in the Brent School Neighborhood at 3rd and D Street, SE, with activities for children, such as face painting and a moon bounce, and a used book sale and food from Chef Bonk from Sonoma. The American Legion will have a beer and wine garden.
The organizers are hoping people will also donate to the Maslin Family Trust. They've raised $10,000 so far but the family will need much more. Maslin says TC has a long road ahead. "He is an incredible man and he is very strong and he's lucky to be alive but it's going to be a very long road. Perhaps the most devastating effect of this is that he has lost his language, and for somebody whose job is in renewable energy consulting, that is catastrophic," she said.
Maslin says every day is tough for her and the couple's 22-month-old son, Jack. Friday could prove to be the toughest. "I'm sure it's going to be emotional, but for me it's a necessary part of this process of moving on," she said. "All I can do is continue to pray that we are going to be a miraculous story with a miraculous ending and believe in him because he is incredibly strong."
If you want to donate to the Maslin Family Trust, you can do so by going to www.champsdc.org.