The young Georgia man who was the victim of a brutal hazing that ended with him in the ICU has spoken out about the assault that could have ended his life, vowing that “justice will be served” in his first remarks on his ordeal which made national headlines.
Trent Lehrkamp was subjected to what can accurately be described as torture when he was taped to a chair and allegedly forced to ingest large quantities of alcohol and drugs including hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms” and was urinated and defecated on by his “wealthy friends” at a house party at Saint Simon’s Island, a popular tourist location on the southeast Georgia coast
His “friends” also spraypainted the 19-year-old and posted a picture of the victim to social media like a trophy. The incident drew public outrage along with renewed attention to the dangerous practice of college hazing as Lehrkamp was placed on a ventilator as he fought for his life.
“They poured acid (in his) throat, peed on him. They forced a whole handle of Tito’s (vodka) down him. When he got to the hospital he had a blood intoxication level of (0.464),” Lehrkamp’s best friend Michael Sullins told Atlanta area news outlet 11 Alive.
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Now that he has been stabilized, Lehrkamp has made his first public comments on the nearly fatal hazing, thanking the people who supported him and saying that those who took advantage of him will ultimately be held accountable.
“I’m alive and doing well and I’m recovering,” he said in a voicemail message left for Savannah NBC affiliate WSAV. “Just know it’s going to be a long time for me to get over this, through the trauma, but one day hopefully within the next few months or so, I might be back.”
“But justice will be served,” he said in the message from the out-of-state facility where he is recovering from the trauma that was inflicted on him at the March 21 spring break party. He is also supporting the law enforcement investigation into the horrific hazing although police have yet to announce any arrests.
EXCLUSIVE: A message from Trent Lehrkamp himself as he continues his recovery, now at an out of state facility. “Justice will be served.” @wsav #TrentLehrkamp #JusticeForTrent pic.twitter.com/ehD6IXAjT3
— Brett Buffington (@BrettWSAV) April 2, 2023
The incident wasn’t the first time that Lehrkamp had been subjected to bullying at the hands of the same group whom his father Mark Lehrkamp told police that he kept hanging around with, despite the repeated bad treatment, “because he has no other friends.”
On Friday, March 17, “Trenton came home [from this address] covered in WD-40, vomit, paint, glue, egg yolk, and spray paint,” according to a police report obtained by the Daily Mail.
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“According to the police incident report, Trent’s father Mark, 44, told the responding officer that he had seen his son around 4:52pm on March 21 and that he was ‘perfectly fine’ when he went to his friend’s house on wealthy St Simon’s Island, Georgia,” the Daily Mail reported. “The dad later received a phone call informing him that his son ‘might be at the hospital.’ He called the hospital straight away and was told that he needed to get there ‘immediately.”
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