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Friends rally for local man paralyzed in New Orleans attack

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The community at "Humphrey's by the Bay" is coming together for Doug David who was left paralyzed, after a brutal confrontation in the Big Easy.  

The community danced the day away at Humphrey's by the Bay, as the "Backwater Blues Band" had the crowd on their feet. But the fundraiser was for something much less happy. 

Retired San Diegan and La Jolla resident, Doug David, loved music so much that he traveled to New Orleans for vacation. 

He was in a violent confrontation with 6 foot 9 suspect, Christopher Smith, who witnesses say disobeyed the right of way and nearly ran David over with his car. 

They say the victim reacted and threw a beer can or bottle at Smith.  He was left paralyzed from the neck down in the attack. Police say Smith is now in custody. 

David is well-known in the music community and now they're trying to help ease the pain, one note at a time. The La Jolla resident has a small pension and social security to help pay for massive medical bills.

"At first we were trying to get the word out, but when we heard what the air ambulance would cost, we thought oh my God," a friend said.

David is an avid hiker, biker and surfer. His life changed forever. Friends believe the attack was unprovoked because that wasn't David's style. David was recently flown to Rancho Cucamonga to receive care while being closer to his family.  

David's friends have already raised more than $26,000 to help with his medical bills. If you would like to help David on his Give Forward page, click here.

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