Update: New details on the Kwame Amoaku attack

(From Amoaku’s Facebook Post)

Friday, Reel Chicago reported that beloved Chicago Film Director Kwame Amoaku, was brutally attacked Wednesday morning.

He posted on his Facebook page:
“This a.m. I was attacked beaten and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in the ICU I’m going to be ok.” His Facebook post was accompanied by a picture of an injured Amoaku wearing a neck brace in a hospital bed.

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New details have arisen in the ongoing investigation. According to a Chicago Police report, the 51-year-old director was attacked twice by three people on the 2100 block of West 22nd Place on Wednesday morning.

According to CPD, Amoaku noticed three males inside his car as he walked toward it around 7:46 a.m. He confronted the intruders. They then used various objects to brutally attack him. The group then fled in a gray Dodge Caravan that was waiting nearby.

According to police, they returned to the scene moments later and beat and robbed the victim again before leaving a second time.

“My dad was viciously attacked outside his home,” his daughter wrote on Facebook. “He will be unable to work or cook for himself. Please donate if you are able. You never think this would happen to your family. Until it does.”

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A CWB Chicago report says, Amoaku was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital in serious but stable condition with head and arm injuries, police said. He has since been moved to Rush.

He posted on his Facebook page yesterday:
“I’m still here thanks to God’s Grace and Mercy. I love you all thanks for the support for me and my family. I’m gonna get through this with the love and support from you all.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed Amoaku to lead the city’s film office in July 2019.

Amoaku worked previously as the location manager for Chicago Fire and appeared as an actor on various locally-filmed TV shows. He also directed Reel 360’s editor Colin Costello’s music video for Lincoln in 2010.

According to the same CWB Chicago story,  Meal Train fundraiser, designed to provide meals for people in need, has been established to help Amoaku as he recovers. Reel Chicago sends our thoughts and prayers to the Amoaku family.

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