A Facebook page has been set up to collect prayers and issue updates concerning the wife of a Williamsburg soldier who was attacked in her Texas home last week.
According to El Paso, Texas-based FOX affiliate KFOX14, 31-year-old Rachel Poole was nine months pregnant when she was assaulted while video chatting with her husband, Justin Poole, a Williamsburg native who was deployed in southwest Asia when the attack occurred.
Two days after the Oct. 30 attack, Poole delivered a baby girl named Isabella via cesarean section.
“I think the recovery is going pretty well. We have an amazingly strong daughter who is absolutely gorgeous,” Rachel Poole told KFOX14. “It means the world, just being able to see her and know that, through everything, she’s doing just fine.”
According to KFOX14, Isabella was sick after her birth because of medication her mother had been given following the attack, though her health is improving. Rachel Poole has started physical therapy and is noticing an improvement in her condition, however she has no vision in one eye aside from some halos.
The Facebook page has attracted almost 13,000 likes since it was created Friday by Rachel Poole’s sister, Alicia. The page, which can be seen here, features frequent updates on Rachel and Isabella’s respective conditions. It also includes information on how people can donate to their cause.
According to the El Paso Police Department, Rachel Poole was at home when 19-year-old Corey Bernard Moss attacked her. An affidavit filed in El Paso said Rachel Poole began screaming Moss’s name when he attacked her. He then fled the scene and was later located by Fort Bliss Military Police, who handed him over to civilian authorities.
Police said the motive for the attack was money Moss owed Rachel Poole for vehicle repairs.
Justin Poole told KFOX 14 that several scam artists have been trying to take advantage of the situation. He released a list of names of people who can be contacted to legitimately help the family. That list can be found here. He said any excess funds the family receives will be donated to a battered women’s fund.