71-year-old pizza delivery driver recovering after vicious attack

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ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) -- The road to recovery has just begun for Sue Gafford.

"It hurts. It hurts to not be able to get up and go where I want to go," she says.

The 71-year-old has delivered pizzas for almost 35 years - most recently, at the Dominos on Mt. Hope Avenue. It's a job she loves.

"I've had some (customers) that I've been delivering pizza to since their kids were this high, who are now grown with kids of their own," she says.

But on October 3, while on a late night delivery, the unthinkable happened.

"Four guys converged on me, and before they even said anything, they just started beating me," Gafford recalls. "Then went through my clothes looking for money, were kicking, and threw me to the ground."

Police say it was on Thurston Road, near Brooks Avenue, where Gafford was attacked and her vehicle was stolen. Police recovered that vehicle a few blocks up the road.

Gafford was rushed to the hospital. Her hip was broken and she needed stitches. Rochester Police are still looking for her attackers. Domino's is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that can lead to an arrest.

"I would like to see them caught so they have to own up to what they've done," Gafford says.

In the meantime, Gafford says she's had an outpouring of support - not just friends and family, but also former customers. She says she looks forward to getting back to work as soon as she can.

For now, as she heals, Gafford has just one question for her assailants.

"When you went home that night and you looked at your mom, or you looked at your sister, or you looked at your grandma, or you looked at your girlfriend… how proud could you been of what you did?" she asked.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300

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