Fundraiser for woman in coma

Fundraiser for woman in coma

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friends and family members gathered Sunday on behalf of a Waikiki woman who was robbed and badly beaten three weeks ago.

Fifty-two-year-old Jullie Stephenson -- a mother of three and grandmother of four -- has been in a coma since she suffered a broken hip and internal bleeding on Super Bowl Sunday.

"Now her internal organs are kind of shutting down," said Chris Cartmell, a friend of the victim.

"We still have hope that things will work out okay -- that she'll get better -- but right now it's not looking good."

The Harbor Pub across from Ilikai was the venue for the fundraiser for Stephenson's children, who had to fly here from the Mainland to be with their mother. Stephenson was a regular patron there.

"It's so senseless. She's such a nice person -- generous -- always pleasant. A real nice lady," said Guy Maynard, who's known Stephenson more than 30 years.

"Everybody is -- you know -- so pissed off."

Stephenson is well known in her Waikiki neighborhood and in the local food and beverages trade. She's a longtime bartender at a local restaurant and worked for many years for Paradise Beverages.

The attack occurred near the driveway of the Tradewinds apartments on Ala Moana, where Stephenson has lived for more than a decade.

Just as she was approaching the building, the alleged thieves shoved to the ground and took off with her purse.

Police are still investigating.

Many of her friends were shocked by brazen robbery and now want to start a neighborhood crime watch.

"We hope to get everyone in the community to get together to get together and watch each other," said Chad Bennett.

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