Fundraiser planned for hospitalized musician beaten in French Quarter

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Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 11:21 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW  ORLEANS -- Detectives are still searching for one of two suspects who violently beat a New Orleans musician in the French Quarter. Doug Potter remains hospitalized and now a community effort in underway to help get him back on his feet.

"He is still asleep, he is off the ventilator, he is breathing on his own. He is out of ICU," said David Potter, of his brother's slow recovery.

On Friday night inside D.B.A, the sounds of Tuba Skinny entertained dancers and music lovers alike. In eight days, a host of musicians will show up to the Frenchmen Street venue to help a fallen fellow musician.

Last week, Doug Potter was violently beaten in the 800 block of Conti Street in the French Quarter carrying musical instruments to his car. The 54-year-old underwent brain surgery and is still in a coma. His brother says well-wishers continue to show up to University Hospital.

"His musician friends come in there with their instruments and they're playing in his room and such. I just know he hears that. I sometimes see his feet moving when they're playing," said David Potter.

"This particular story, every musician, it crossed their mind that could happen to me," said St. Louis Slim, one of the musicians organizing an event to help Potter recover. Friends and strangers are banding together for a fundraiser to raise money for Potter's mounting medical and rehab bills. They all want to do their part to help a fellow musician recover after such a troubling assault.

"That's the way it struck me, that they didn't think it's too bad a thing they just did, meanwhile Doug is still in a coma," said St. Louis Slim.

Meanwhile, Potter's family is relieved that 20-ear-old Reeshawn Arnold is behind bars, and they're waiting patiently for detectives to find the second alleged suspect in the case: 30-year-old Terrell Belvin.

As the criminal investigation continues, a sense of gratitude from a big brother for the community's unwaivering support.

"It really hits me hard as far as the amount of love and gratitude that they're showing towards my family and towards Doug," said David Potter.

The fundraising event for Potter is scheduled for next Sunday, Feb. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at DBA on Frenchmen Street. A Facebook page has also been set up where you can make a donation.

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