San Francisco (CBS NEWS) -- Blues, rock, and soul musician Lester Chambers was attacked during aperformance in Hayward over the weekend after he dedicated a song toslain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. A woman has been arrested in theattack, CBS San Francisco reports.
Accordingto witnesses, during a performance at the Hayward Russell City BluesFestival on Saturday, Chambers dedicated Curtis Mayfield's "People GetReady" to Martin. While he sung, a woman leapt onto the stage andattacked the 73-year-old singer. Several band members and fans tackledthe woman and made a citizen's arrest.
Chambers was taken to the hospital. He suffered bruises on his ribs and all over his body and is forced to walk with a cane.
At their Petaluma home, Chambers and his son Dylan shuddered as they watched video of the attack.
"It's beyond fathomable that happened to my father, a legend, someone so powerful for peace," Dylan Chambers told KPIX 5.
LesterChambers recalled the attack. "I saw anger and for the short time I didsee her she just came, 'You m---f----, you started this.' Boom! And Iwas down," he said.
The co-founder of the 1960s band TheChambers Brothers said he was singing about love and peace, as a tributeto Martin. He had just told the audience why he chose Mayfield's"People Get Ready."
"(Mayfield) sang 'People get ready,there's a train a coming.' And if he was here today singing it, he wouldprefer probably that we would say, 'People get ready there's a change acoming,'" Lester Chambers told KPIX 5.
Officers said 43-year-old suspect Dinalynn Andrews-Potter of Barstow refused to speak to police. She was cited and released.
LesterChambers has a new album coming out this week, but because of theattack he is too afraid to do live performances to promote it.
Hewas not afraid to offer the suspect forgiveness. "I would say to her,get a little God in your heart, and let a little love come out of yoursoul."
The Chambers family believes the suspect should be charged with a hate crime, because the song was dedicated to Martin.
Police hope to turn the case over to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday.