Community raises more than $6K for Rainbow's new accordion following alleged assault

Utica police are investigating after Rainbow Young, a man known to many who frequent Varick Street in Utica, was allegedly assaulted Thursday night just before 7 p.m.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 5:44 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police are investigating after Rainbow Young, a man known to many who frequent Varick Street in Utica, was allegedly assaulted Thursday night just before 7 p.m.

While Rainbow was not seriously injured, his accordion was destroyed, and a GoFundMe was created to buy him a new one. 

Submitted Photo - Rainbow Young

Mark DiOrio, who created the GoFundMe campaign, says he decided to close the fundraiser after raising about $6,000, which is more than enough to get Rainbow a new instrument.

"We've already preordered him one, but there is a substantial amount left over. We're going to put if for whatever he might need," said DiOrio. "If he needs anything for his apartment. I don't know…it's something we've got to investigate a little bit more. If he wants any more instruments. All the money is going to be spent on Rainbow in some way shape or form."

Mark Bolos Sr. and Mark Bolos Jr. of Big Apple Music have loaned Rainbow an accordion to use until his new one is delivered, according to a Facebook post by John Patterson, who works at Nail Creek Pub & Brewery.

Police say the door to nearby Lukin’s was also vandalized around 7 p.m. that same night. The person suspected of damaging the restaurant door was arrested, but no name has been released.

Police are still investigating the incident involving Rainbow.

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