Co-Founder Of NC-Based Lender Attacked

A co-founder of the community development lender Self-Help Credit Union was attacked by several men leaving his office in downtown Durham.

Martin Eakes told the News & Observer of Raleigh that he was left with multiple bruises and a cut on his forehead after a beating in a parking garage on Nov. 24.

Eakes is recovering at home. He says he doesn't know who attacked him.

Eakes and his wife co-founded Self-Help in 1980 to give economic opportunities to minorities, women and low-income families. The organization has grown to more than $1 billion in assets and has helped provide financing to more than 50,000 homeowners.

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