BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield family is speaking out because they believe that an assault on their daughter may have been racially motivated.
The 19-year-old girl was attacked by three unknown Hispanic girls on Thursday around 7 p.m. near 30th and Q street
The victim said the unprovoked attack happened as she was walking back to her house after stopping at the FastStrip near 34th and Q streets.
"Three Hispanic girls came running over to me yelling, let's get that white b****," the victim said.
The victim is suffering from broken bones in her face, bruises and bites.
"Two of the girls held my daughter down while the other one beat the living daylights out of her," said the victim's mother.
The family tells 23ABC that the attack would have been much worse if a good Samaritan had not stopped to help.
The family says that witness saw the attack take place, stopped his car and yelled at the girls to stop as the three suspects ran away.
"I'm so thankful for that guy who stopped, because I don't know what would have ended up happening if he didn't" said the victim's mother.
The family is still healing after the attack, as the victim questions why she was targeted for being white.
"It tore my heart up last night, to know my grandchild was beaten like that. There's no reason for it, no reason, other then she's white," said the victim's grandmother.
The family contacted the police after the attack. Law enforcement took some basic suspect information and is asking anyone who may have seen the attack to call the BPD.