Father who suffered attack on life support

We have an update on Todd Boettger, the man who was robbed and left for dead in Greenwood early Tuesday morning. “He has been heavily sedated, basically a drug induced coma since the incident,” writes his younger brother Forrest Boettger in an email. But there is a glimmer of hope. “He opened his eyes for just a moment and tried to move his upper right arm as if wanting to remove the ventilator,” Forrest explains. Todd is the single father of 6-year-old Lillian, who saw her dad at the Harborview ICU after the attack. “I don’t want to go back, it doesn’t look like Daddy!” she exclaimed.

The Boettger family, who sent us these photos, wants to know the identity of a woman who was seen attending to Todd on Greenwood Ave. near 85th after the attack. “This woman has disappeared but was seen kneeling down next to my brother,” Forrest says. “She was in her mid to late 20’s with red hair, wearing a brown sweatshirt, brown khakis and tennis shoes.” The family is hoping she witnessed the attack and can help police with the investigation.

If you’d like to help, the family has set up the “Todd Boettger Relief Fund,” where you can donate at any U.S. Bank to help pay for medical bills and care for Lillian. “If Todd does pull through, he will need facial recontructive surgery to repair the left cruched cheek bone and left eye socket fracture and many, many months of rehabilitation,” Forrest explains.

Epilogue Books (2001 NW Market St) has set up a donation jar for those who only have spare change, a few dollars, or can’t get to the bank.


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Sad story indeed
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Sad story indeed

Well, all we can do is pray for him. Prayer does work sometimes folks. Does anyone know what band he is in? Maybe the music community would help out.

nina
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Is the woman considered a suspect? It kind of implies they might be?

squid
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We updated to clarify the family hopes she witnessed the attack and can help police with the investigation.

Sad story indeed
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Sad story indeed

All kidding aside. This is exactly 100% why we cant have all these transients nobody knows suddenly in Ballard. I saw the same shady guy as yesterday tonight after dark. He said the same thing

“I am not going to lie to you. I just got out of jail and really need a beer.”

He is big and intimidating, with a pony tail and blondish hair. Anyone else having problems with this transient. The guy could have attacked me and there was nobody around to help me tonight. I was just walking to Safeway…

Sad story indeed
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Sad story indeed

And, like this gentleman, if I gave him some money he could have attacked me. But, if I refused he could have attacked me. It very well could be what happened to the fellow. Probably not the same guy, but still….Once you take out your wallet to help out, who knows what will happen next in Ballard these days. But, when you refuse it makes them angrier. Some of these transients are huge. This man pictured here looks like he could take care of himself. Enough is enough people.

mickey
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mickey

It's hard to say for certain, but this man looks like a longer-haired version of the Todd who used to be a roadie for my band twenty years ago. I'm wracking my brain trying to remember his last name. All I do remember is he was a real card, always kept us in stitches with his antics, a very positive-attitude fellow. Whether it's the same person or not, this story is tragic. He's a single father to that little girl.

squid
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Here's more background on Todd, provided by the family: “Todd was born in Seattle on July 3 1964 to the parents of Samuel Boettger and LouEllen Boettger both of whom attended Ballard High School. Todd attended school at greenwood elementary before moving to Raininer Oregon for middle and high school. The eldest o 3 Todd has a younger brother Forrest who lives in San Diego and his youngest Sister Danielle. As he grew he found a love for music and singing and followed that dream of his singing in the choir and jazz choirs in middle and high school and also into his adult years singing in bands in and local clubs throughout the Seattle Area. Todd has sang in the band Bad Karma and most recently, until now, Morris Can Fly which both have played in many of Seattles local clubs. If you havent seen Todd sing in a band you may have seen him sing at The Rickshaw on 105th and Greenwood singing like a true rockstar. He has an amazing talent. In 2003 Todd had his daughter Lillian, which is the joy of his life. He gianed full custody and became a single father working to support… Read more »

Sad story indeed
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Sad story indeed

Well, someone is going to have to solve this crime problem around here. Remember the guy with a box cutter swinging it around in two Ballard ave bars a few weeks back? The fist fights in Bergen Park too? Someone else is going to end up like this, but we are given a phone number for officer Haag and told to basically keep our traps shut because of budget cuts. I would guess this man did nothing to provoke any attack. This neighborhood is getting more dangerous by the day. Trust me, I have been here a long time.

D
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D

If I am understanding correctly, somebody ran into Yen Wor Garden after finding the victim in the street. Is this the woman you are looking for? If so, the bar has security cameras that might have pictures of her.

D
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D

“Enough is enough?” So what do you propose as a solution to the problem? I would love to see an end to homelessness in Seattle. So would a lot of homeless people.

sad
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sad

This is horrible. Get well soon. That poor little girl. please be sensitive when leaving your comments.

Mork from Ork
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Mork from Ork

How about not repeating the same thing after every other post?

great idea
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great idea

I didn't realize he had full custody…
who was watching the little girl while he was out bar hoppin'?

I refute that this neighborhood is getting more dangerous.
you just hear about it more because of blogs like this.

and I've been here even longer.

angelatini
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angelatini

So, because he's a single father he couldn't have had family watch his child or have hired a babysitter so he could have a night off? Being a single parent (male or female) is hard…saying things like that infers that he is a bad parent and that he deserved what he got. Not cool.

angelatini
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angelatini

FORREST …
I got your e-mails, but it wouldn't send your regular e-mail address to me. Please e-mail me directly at angelatini@hotmail.com

Thank you.

Kay
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Kay

My husband and I have *gasp* friends and babysitters who sometimes look after our daughter while we go out at night. Please quit questioning this man's commitment to his daughter because he was at a bar!

This breaks my heart. I'll be dropping by US Bank soon.

jules
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jules

Thank you so much for updating us readers on Todd. Please keep us posted and know that we do care. I am so sorry for this! It really blows my mind and makes me cry at the same time. After I get paid today, I will be depositing what little I can afford to try to help out.

The best to your family and hang in there. If you can at all, try to be positive. It can really help at times like these! My prayers are with you.

great idea
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great idea

I'm just curious and infer nothing.

putting (words) into people's mouth–> not cool.

great idea
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great idea

now that you mention it angelatini…
I am all for single-parents taking a night off. god knows they need it.

however, closing a bar in a known trouble area could be classified as 'risky'. this guy certainly did not ask for or deserve to get beat, but even 'taking time off' should be done in a responsible manner especially with a dependant involved.
I don't know or really care if he was looking for drugs or other. there's plenty of parents (including myself) that look to alter their conciousness at times. however, there's better venues to do so than the shady parking lot of some dive bar.

Joshua Young
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Joshua Young

:(

angelatini
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angelatini

I used the word “infer”, that doesn't put words into your mouth.

angelatini
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angelatini

Wow, judgement much? I actually know Todd, so I'll thank you to keep your further thoughts to yourself. At the very least don't direct them at me.

angelatini
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angelatini

In addition you refute your own words between posts:

“I refute that this neighborhood is getting more dangerous.
you just hear about it more because of blogs like this.”

then

“however, closing a bar in a known trouble area could be classified as 'risky'.”

Which is it?

ballard sucka#2
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ballard sucka#2

My thoughts are with Todd, his family, and especially his little girl. Fight through this buddy!

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

Jesus, that beating sounds brutal. I hope he pulls through. Imagine yourself being a 6 year old girl and seeing your father lying like this in a hospital bed.

I hope someday, somewhere, someone hands those perps an equal beating so they can know what it's like.