By Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — A Youngsville teen has pulled through two surgeries and started the long road to recovery after a stabbing attack for which police still have no motive.
Joshua Lane was stabbed in the early morning hours Sunday while he was working at Cruizers on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest. Family friend Teri Perkinson said the assault left the 19-year-old with extremely serious injuries.
While only stabbed twice, according to Perkinson, the first blow hit one of his lungs and Lane will only be able to recover about 75 percent lung function on that side.
The second blow, however, was nearly a killer. The attacker, who remains at large and unidentified, twisted the knife after he plunged it into Lane’s abdomen, Perkinson said.
The blow destroyed his right kidney, punctured his liver and lacerated his intestines in two different places.
In spite of the injuries, Lane was able to come off of a respirator Tuesday.
Police are not saying much about the stabbing while it is still under investigation, except to say there was no clear motive for the attack.
Shortly after learning of her friends’ son’s stabbing, Perkinson decided to set up a GoFundMe.com fundraising page to help with travel, food and expenses not covered by medical insurance.
“These are just good, hard-working people,” she said. “We are all just shocked and wanting to do something for them. This seemed like a good idea.”
The response from the community was immediate and nearly overwhelming.
Perkinson set a goal of raising $500 when she opened the account on behalf of Lane. “I didn’t really know what I was doing and just wanted to help out a little,” she said.
Within three days, the campaign has raised $5,055 from 107 individuals.
“It has just been overwhelming,” Perkinson said. “I’m getting messages from people saying they don’t know Joshua, they don’t know his parents, but they read about the attack and want to help. It’s humbling and overwhelming,” she said.
Perkinson talked with Lane’s dad, Kenny, to get permission to speak with this newspaper and was asked to pass a message to readers and those who have contributed.
“Kenny said, ‘Tell everyone thank you for the prayers and support. It means so vey much to the family.’”
Cruizers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for Lane’s stabbing.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund for Joshua can go to www.gofundme.com/lvpu4k for more on how to give.
Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the crime is asked to call the police department at 919-554-6150.