An Alaska family is in Anchorage this week saying goodbye to two of its members, including a woman who was severely beaten in Fairbanks -- as well as a man who died in a car crash after they visited her at an Anchorage hospital.
Jody Potts says the family's story began last week, when Fairbanks police located her aunt -- who has not been named -- after the beating.
“My aunt was found unconscious in a homeless camp in Fairbanks and she was taken here to Anchorage,” Potts said. “They found massive bleeding in her brain.”
According to APD a member of the woman's family, 71-year-old Isaac Juneby, was leaving the woman's hospital Sunday night when he ran a red light at the intersection of O'Malley Road and Lake Otis Parkway. Juneby, a chief in Eagle Village in the 1970s and from 2002 to 2006, hit another car and was killed instantly.
“I know he was tired when he left the hospital,” Potts said.
Potts says her aunt was taken off life support the day after Juneby died. Her mother also had a heart attack this week from the stress of losing her brother and her sister in the space of two days.
If you’d like to help the family, you can donate to Jody Potts' account at Wells Fargo. There is also a fundraiser in Fairbanks on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tribal Hall.
Editor's note: The headline of this story has been changed to clarify that the woman has not died.Email Rebecca Palsha