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Bullied gay teen gets free car makeover

Jordan Addison barely said a word as he looked at his new and improved car. (Source: WBDJ/CNN) Jordan Addison barely said a word as he looked at his new and improved car. (Source: WBDJ/CNN)

ROANOKE, VA (WBDJ/CNN) - A college student in Virginia, bullied because he's gay, got a free car makeover from his local repair shop.

"We were glad to see he was pleased with it," said Richard Henegar Jr., manager of Quality Auto Paint and Body.

Jordan Addison barely said a word as he looked at his new and improved car.

"Oh, my God," he said as he saw it.

The people at Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke spent more than 100 hours working on Addison's car for free.

There are new tires, a new paint job, tinted windows, new security system and stereo.

It all began two weeks ago when Henegar heard what happened to Addison.

"Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it, I said 'that's uncalled for. We're going to fix your car. That's the least we can do,'" he said.

Addison's car was vandalized four times between March and May of this year. Most of the crimes happened at Radford University.

Addison believes he was targeted because he's gay.

"The first time, there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it. Then the second time I had dye keyed into it," Addison said.

The auto shop wanted to make it clear they don't like bullies.

"Well, I think it's awesome because it tells people that we're not going to back down," said Jordan Griffitts, an employee with Quality Auto Paint and Body.

Henegar said he asked about 10 other businesses to help and they said yes.

"We can't afford to do this by ourselves. We might have all the good intentions in the world, but I can't finance something like this ourselves," Henegar said.

The total cost is more than $10,000, but the look on Addison's face was priceless.

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