|Copycat acid-burn victim recovering from second degree burns|
Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
|Published on Thursday November 25, 2010 - 12:42 PM|
"It immediately started to just burn," says the new U.S. acid-attack victim, this one from Mesa, Arizona.
Velarde now has second degree burns on her face and shoulders from acid thrown at her from a woman she didn't know. The incident occurred last Friday, Sept. 4, in the parking lot of her Arizona apartment. Acid stains can still be seen on her front door.
"I open my car door and I see a woman walking up with what looked like a drink of water in her hand," Velarde said. "She just looked at me with these eyes as if she was saying something...."
But the stranger said nothing and tossed the acid onto Derri Velarde, burning her face.
This incident is different from the attack on Bethany Storro in Vancouver on Monday, Aug. 30. She says a woman approached her saying "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?"
The woman who is believed to have attacked Storro and the acid-thrower in Mesa are still at large. There is yet no sketch of the woman who attacked Velarde. Velarde said she feels lucky the acid did not do more damage. She stands a chance of fully recovering from the burns.