PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A community is rallying around a beloved hairstylist and DJ who was brutally attacked by a stranger on May 8.
Jacob Shroyer, 37, was stabbed multiple times at the Pacific Tower Apartments on NW 4th around 10:25 p.m. Monday. He was rushed to the hospital and remains there in a medically induced coma.
“He’s still fighting for his life,” Shroyer’s partner Eric Duncan said. “We’re hopeful but this is a life changing event and he will never be the same after what happened to him.”
In the week since the attack, more than a dozen fundraisers have been created to help with Shroyer’s medical expenses, which Duncan says have already exceeded what his insurance will cover. People are donating their time and resources to help any way they can.
“Jacob has already had a couple surgeries entering the ICU, they wanted to wait overnight for the swelling to go down to go in and make repairs,” family friend James Dixon said.
Shroyer’s station at the Bishop’s Barbershop, 1031 SW Columbia, sits empty as co-workers collect donations for him in glass jars. Proceeds from the grand opening of Bishop’s on Alberta will also be donated.
“He’s been with Bishop’s for a decade and he’s been a huge part of our family,” co-worker Victoria McVey said.
“He has a very strong base of clientele here at Bishop’s Barbershop. He’s always been an impressive human being to be around. He is our family and it’s a tragedy what happened.”
In addition to his work at Bishop’s, Shroyer has been a DJ at CC Slaughters for several years.
“If you’ve been through these doors you’ve probably heard his music,” Duncan said.
Brynn Sladky, an artist at Blacklist Tattoo, said she’s been tattooing him for 7 or 8 years. On Saturday she’ll be accepting clients beginning at noon for small, simple tattoos. She’ll donate 100% of the earnings to his online medical fund.
“I just want to help. I just want to raise as much money as possible,” she said.
Friends are optimistic about Shroyer and working hard to help him when through his recovery.
“He’s true, he’s honest, he’s the person you go to when you have a terrible day and you can unload on him and he’ll take it all and expect nothing in return” Duncan said. “And now it’s our turn to care for him.”