The Day – Donations pour in for families of Atlanta shooting victims

Shortly after his mother was killed in the Atlanta-area shooting, Randy Park started a GoFundMe page asking for $20,000 to pay for funeral expenses. On Sunday, donations approached $3 million.

With many people looking for a way to support the families of the dead, Park’s page and others provided an outlet for tens of thousands of donors, and accounts exceeded their goals just days after opening.

“I never fully understood how much money was worth, but every penny will only be used for pure necessity,” wrote Park, son of Hyun Jung Grant, 51, who was one of eight people killed in the incident. the attacks on massage companies.

Rani Ban contributed to Park just to show kindness.

“It’s important that he knows that there are still good people. It’s just that,” said Ban, who is from the San Francisco Bay Area.

To date, no central fund has been created to help victims’ families – a contrast to other mass shootings where groups have been created to collect and distribute money to those directly affected.

For example, following the 2017 attack on the Las Vegas Strip that killed 58 people that night and at least two others who later died, a non-profit corporation was created to donate $275 $000 to families. The charity grew out of a GoFundMe account that received over 90,000 donations.

In 2019, a group of nonprofits organized a rescue operation after a gunman opened fire in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people in an attack that police say targeted Mexicans.

For now, donors to Atlanta shooting victims should browse through individual GoFundMe accounts.

“We must all stand up for all the innocent lives that fall victim to such reckless hatred,” Mallory Spalding wrote on a GoFundMe page created in memory of Suncha Kim, 69, who was fatally shot in the chest.

The page had raised nearly $160,000 as of Monday.

“It brings tears to our eyes that you are all standing with us and our beloved Halmoni, mother and wife. Suncha was such a strong and loving presence in all of our lives, and we miss her so much,” the family said. in a statement posted on the page Halmoni is the Korean word for grandma.

A page for Delaina Yaun raised nearly $110,000 and one for the survivors of Paul Michels raised over $61,000. A page for Yong Yue’s family raised over $115,000. A page for Soon Chung Park’s husband raised just over $15,000. And a benefit page for Jami Webb, daughter of Xiaojie Tan, raised more than $21,000.

Donations will help pay for travel for family members who would otherwise be unable to attend the funeral.

Yong Yue’s family released a statement less than 24 hours after the GoFundMe page was set up saying the money would be used to transport his six grandchildren to the funeral, as well as to take care of “business and internal affairs”. of Yue.

The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, is charged with killing four women at Atlanta spas and four others at a massage business about 30 miles away in Cherokee County. Seven of the victims were women and six of them were of Asian descent.

Park’s family was the first to launch a GoFundMe page. He explained that he had “no time to grieve” as financial obligations were mounting rapidly.

After her page started to take off, others quickly followed to raise money for more families.

“To put it bluntly, I can’t believe you exist. People I will probably never meet, hear from or express my thanks for. It’s just a change in my life,” Park wrote to the 70,000 people who had contributed Sunday afternoon.

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