Chicago couple was Blessed to be alive

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A Chicago pastor and his wife are recovering after an attacker bit off parts of their ears and gouged their eyes in a vicious beating. (WBBM, FAMILY PHOTOS, CNN via CNN Wire)

CHICAGO (WBBM) -- A married couple with a long history of service to their South Side community were the victims of a horrific attack over the weekend.

Now friends are rallying to support the couple many say would “give you the shirts off their backs.”

Even in this violent city, what happened to Timothy and Renee Johnson is inconceivable.

“It’s like a page out of a horror movie,” said their daughter, Destinee Johnson.

Their three adult children, who live in different parts of the country, rushed to their sides.

“No one wants this to happen to any person at all, let alone your own parents,” said their son Joshua Johnson.

On Saturday Timothy and Renee were on Emerald Avenue near 105th Street doing chores for Renee’s 95-year-old mother.

“It was nice outside, so you go out and clean up around the house,” said Timothy’s sister Rhonda Hutcherson. “And he was in the alley, cleaning up behind there.”

A man approached Timothy, asking if he wanted to buy something.

“My brother just told him, ‘No, I’m OK. No thank you. I’m not interested.’ And he just attacked him,” Hutcherson said.

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