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Hundreds show up for Take Back the Trail for Tina walk on Silver Comet Trail


Hundreds gathered to walk a few miles in Tina Waddell's shoes Saturday morning, on the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County.

Waddell was brutally attacked Tuesday evening as she ran alone on the trail. Her attacker pummeled her face, leaving her unrecognizable.

While many showed up at the trail to show their support, Waddell was resting in the hospital. She has recovered enough to no longer need constant watch in the intensive care unit.

A reconstructive surgery scheduled for Friday was postponed, and rescheduled for next week.

In the meantime, Waddell's husband Jim says family spent a good portion of the day with her.

According to Jim Waddell, Tina was talking, even able to laugh at times.

Earlier that morning, he was nearly overcome with emotion himself when he saw the crowd of people who showed up at the Take Back the Trail for Tina event organized by his brother Joey.

"If Tina would have been out here, she would have been just blown away." Jim Waddell says.

According to Joey Waddell, social media and local news organizations helped spread the word about the event and a few hundred people showed up.

Their goal was to show people that the trail was safe, and that the community was not going to let an attack like this stop them from enjoying it.

"Don't be afraid to come out here, you know, don't let them win," Joey Waddell says.

The walk was so successful, Joey Waddell says he would like to organize a 5K run.

Back at the hospital Tina is already talking about returning to the trail, according to her husband.

"She wants to come back out on the trail, and people are like, ‘You're not going back out on that trail,'" Jim Waddell says.

Even once she is healthy enough to go back to the trail, Jim says he will not let Tina go alone. They will go together, because there is safety in numbers and it's the smart thing to do.

Meanwhile, the family continues to raise money so they can offer a substantial reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.

According to Tina Waddell's family, the beating was so vicious it had to have left obvious damage on her attacker's hands, and they are sure some of her blood likely sprayed on their clothes.

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