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Teen, Jessica Byrnes-Laird, Attacked With Brass Pipe For Wearing A Bikini Raises Over £11,500

03/08/2015 13:16 BST | Updated 03/08/2015 13:59 BST

Strangers have raised thousands of pounds for a girl beaten with a brass poll just for wearing a bikini.

The horrific moment Jessica Byrnes-Laird was attacked by a group of men who were catcalling her was caught in shocking CCTV footage.

The 18-year-old from Haughton, Louisina, was returning from a day at the beach with her boyfriend when they stopped at a convenience store.

Still wearing her bikini, Byrnes-Laird remained in the car while her boyfriend went into the shop. The shocking footage shows a group of men circling the car, and reportedly shouting lewd comments at her.

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Jessica Byrnes-Laird after the incident

When her Byrnes-Laird's boyfriend returned, an altercation broke out between him and the group of men. It was then that a piece of brass pipe was thrown in the passenger side of the vehicle, smashing Byrnes-Laird in the face.

She told KTBS she has broken 10 teeth and had 'too many stitches to count'

"There's a little bit of fear, honestly, because going through this make you realize how delicate life is, and you never know what can happen," Byrnes-Laird said. "Things happen so suddenly, without warning."

A GoFundMe account has been set up to cover the inevitable dental bills. The fund has already reached over £11,500.