23-year-old bombing victim undergoing rehab

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The 23-year-old who was injured when a tripwire bomb exploded as he was walking with his friend in the Travis Country neighborhood on Sunday, March 18, is out of the hospital and currently undergoing rehabilitation for the injuries he sustained.

A GoFundMe page for Colton Mathes says he had severe injuries to both legs and feet and underwent immediate surgery to remove the shrapnel. 

The fundraising page, which was created on March 29 by what appears to be his family, shows pictures of Mathes in the hospital. In one photograph, Mathes is holding up the “peace” sign while his legs are covered in bloody bandages. 

The page says they’re trying to raise money to help for Mathes’ expenses while he is unable to work. As of Friday, March 30, people have donated more than $10,000 of the $20,000 goal. 

Mathes was walking on the sidewalk on Dawn Song Drive the night of March 18. His friend, 22-year-old William Grote III, was riding a bicycle on the street next to him. The two triggered a tripwire that was attached to a bomb that was placed near a fence. Grote’s grandfather said his grandson’s friend suffered more serious wounds because he was closer to the bomb.

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