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HAYWARD, California - Blues, rock, and soul musician Lester Chambers was attacked during a performance in Hayward over the weekend after he dedicated a song to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. A woman has been arrested in the attack.

According to witnesses, during a performance at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival on Saturday, Chambers dedicated Curtis Mayfield s People Get Ready to Martin. While he sung, a woman leapt onto the stage and attacked the 73-year-old singer. Several band members and fans tackled the 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.

Lester Chambers recalled the attack. I saw anger and for the short time I did see her she just came, You m f , you started this. Boom! And I was down, he said.

The co-founder of the 1960s band The Chambers Brothers said he was singing about love and peace, as a tribute to 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 would prefer probably that we would say, People get ready there s a change a coming, 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.

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