UPDATE: Sunday, January 29 at 6:06 p.m. EST
A GoFundMe has been launched to help cover the cost of Emily's rising medical bills, as she has been unable to work—and will remain unable to work over the next two weeks—during her recovery.
“Around the middle of the show, Emily was standing on the out side of a mosh pit when a man wearing steel toe boots went to 'crowd kill' and round house kicked her in the jaw,” the page specifies. “Emily went to a show to have fun and to support a band she loves. No one should ever leave a show in this condition, no matter what kind of music you are going to support. Have fun out there but please, not in such an inconsiderate and violent way.”
Code Orange also made a statement on Facebook in support of Emily and the need for safety and support at shows.
Please help support our friend Emily. We have all kinds of different people at these shows, and we have to all take care of each other-always. We've played hardcore shows all around the world and this is the first and only time an injury of this nature has taken place, and hopefully the last. We've been in contact with her and those around her since the beginning and she knows she's got our support through this healing process. Our fans are very important to us, and as we continue to grow we all need to protect, support and help each other up.
To support Emily and her recovery, check out her GoFundMe page here.
ORIGINAL POST: Sunday, January 29 at 12:51 p.m. EST
At a Code Orange show in Salt Lake City, UT on Jan. 21, concertgoer Emily Jane Hoffman was left with a shattered jaw and brain bleeding after being kicked in the face by a fellow concertgoer allegedly wearing steel toe boots, who has yet to be identified.
“He hit my jaw so hard that it moved the entire thing to one side breaking it in two places on each side, she says in her Facebook post. “My right side of my jaw was no longer connected to my skull or muscle, it was still in my face because of my skin.”
Read Emily’s entire statement below.
Following the show, Emily has been in the trauma ICU for six days, her statement saying that she’s most disappointed in the fact that his actions were not only seemingly purposeful, but he also didn’t take responsibility for them.
“When you go to a show where there will be moshing and you wear steel toe boots, your intentions are to hurt someone. When you swing kick your feet in your steel boots you're trying to hurt someone. When you hit someone in the face then you see her unconscious and you run off to not get caught. You're something else, I really don't have the words for what you are.”
Code Orange have responded to fans, saying they have been in contact with Emily and want to support.
yes we are in contact and want to support https://t.co/TVPnTY33HP
— Code Orange (@codeorangekids) January 29, 2017
They also spoke out about safety and mindfulness at shows, specifically mentioning this incident in Salt Lake City.
— Musicology (@MusicologyOffic) January 29, 2017
Read Emily’s statement in full below:
I went to the Code Orange show this last weekend at Kilby Court and I left with the worst merch ever. Some guy was there who decided to wear steel toe boots. He round house kicked me in the face.
He hit my jaw so hard that it moved the entire thing to one side breaking it in two places on each side. My right side of my jaw was no longer connected to my skull or muscle, it was still in my face because of my skin.
I know can give TSA hell every time I go to the airport with the two nose rings and 4 metal plates in my jaw.
My jaw has been restructured and my brain has stopped bleeding, I'm feeling better but my face still hurts so much. I stayed in the trauma ICU for 6 days, my jaw is wired shut I can't speak and I have lost 9 pounds in 7 days because I can't have anything but liquids.
I had a hard time figuring out what the worst part was about my situation for a bit. Between the medication that is being pumped into me all day everyday. Getting my jaw shattered, having to get reconstructive plates put in, being confined to a bed for the next few weeks. There are many more I could list. I finally figured it out. When you go to a show where there will be moshing and you wear steel toe boots, your intentions are to hurt someone. when you swing kick your feet in your steel boots you're trying to hurt someone. When you hit someone in the face then you see her unconscious and you run off to not get caught. You're something else, I really don't have the words for what you are.
In case you see this, I'm the girl from the show at Kilby court 1/21/17. This is what my face and smile used to look like. This is what you did. Hope you don't glance past this post like you did with me.