Man Charged With Rape in ‘Free Spirit’ Sorority Girl’s Mysterious Death
GoFundMeTwo weeks after 20-year-old Indiana University student Avery McMillan was found unresponsive inside a Bloomington house, cops on Wednesday arrested the homeowner in connection to her death.Eric Montgomery, 33, now faces a charge of rape when the victim is mentally disabled or deficient, as well as a charge of giving alcohol to someone underage, arrest records say. It is the only arrest to stem from McMillan’s mysterious death on Aug. 17.Additional details about what happened between McMinews.yahoo.com
Paralyzed Highland Park Shooting Victim, 8, Is ‘Hopeless’ and ‘in Constant Pain,’ Family Says
via GoFundMeIn the wake of the Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting, the story of 8-year-old Cooper Roberts’ survival was embraced by many following updates on the boy’s recovery.And more than a month after the massacre, Roberts is long out of intensive care—but his family says he is now in “constant pain” and “hopeless, sad, and angry” at the realization he is paralyzed.In a sobering and gut-wrenching statement released Tuesday, the Roberts family said they want people to see the unews.yahoo.com
Georgia University Prof Accused of Gunning Down 18-Year-Old Student in Parking Lot
Carrollton Police Department/GoFundMeA University of West Georgia professor fatally shot one of his own school’s students in a parking lot in the early hours of Saturday, police said. Richard Sigman, 47, is now facing a murder charge over the death of 18-year-old Anna Jones.According to Carrollton Police, Sigman threatened to whip out his gun during a verbal fight with another man in the parking lot of a pizza joint at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The man alerted a security guard and when the guard sawnews.yahoo.com
Boy Paralyzed in Highland Park Shooting Faces Devastating New Setback
GoFundMeCooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who initially showed signs of improvement after his spinal cord was severed by a bullet at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, now needs an “urgent, complex and lengthy surgery” after his condition deteriorated Tuesday, his family said.Roberts became paralyzed below the waist when he was shot in the back. Police allege deranged gunman Robert “Bobby” Crimo, 21, killed seven with a sniper rifle at the parade and injured dozens, including Roberts, hisnews.yahoo.com
A gas station manager who raised over $20,000 to make up for a mistake that cost him his job says company refuses to accept the money
John Szczecina lost his job after charging $0.69 per gallon for gas, a $20,000 mistake. The company said in a letter it "does not want the money raised."news.yahoo.com
Fire destroys Black Brook town super's home
Apr. 26—AuSABLE FORKS — A GoFundMe page set up to support Black Brook Town Supervisor Jon Douglass and his family, who lost their home to fire over the weekend, had already exceeded its $25,000 goal Monday. Additionally, local residents have organized a fundraiser at Riverside Park, slated for May 7. "Supervisor Douglass and his wife, Jessie, are active community members who are always ...news.yahoo.com
Russian-Born Mom Allegedly Claimed She Killed Her 8-Year-Old to Protect Him From ‘Abuse’ Over Ukraine War
Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office / GoFundMeA Russian-born Wisconsin mother accused of killing her 8-year-old son allegedly told investigators she was trying to prevent him from being “abused” due to her homeland’s war against Ukraine.Natalia Hitchcock, 41, has lived for years in the U.S. with her husband and two sons, but a six-page criminal complaint filed in Sheboygan County Court this week says she began to spiral out of control in recent weeks as she watched news reports of Russia’s slaughtnews.yahoo.com
2 brothers accused in slaying of WGN security guard who was ‘just trying to pump her gas,’ prosecutors say
Two brothers, a 17-year-old and a 22-year-old, were charged Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a WGN security guard, who was a mother of two, according to officials and the news station.chicagotribune.com
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to investigate GoFundMe after they said they'd work with Canadian trucker vaccine protest fundraiser organizers to redistribute funds
In a press statement on Saturday before DeSantis' remarks, GoFundMe said it would be refunding donors automatically following "donor feedback."news.yahoo.com
2 detectives investigating the deaths of Lauren Smith-Fields and Brenda Rawls were suspended after families criticized police response
The families of Smith-Fields and Rawls, both Black women, said police were not properly investigating their deaths or being forthcoming with information.news.yahoo.com
Investigation into suspect in Texas synagogue hostage standoff
The FBI identified 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram as the suspect who held four people hostage in a synagogue in Texas on Saturday. Akram died at the scene and the hostages escaped after what the rabbi described as a terrifying ordeal. CBS News Homeland Security and Justice reporter Nicole Sganga joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with the latest with the investigation.news.yahoo.com
Hostages freed after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead
A man held hostages for more than 10 hours Saturday at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.news.yahoo.com
Investigators Drop a Bombshell Twist After Teen’s Burger King Drive-Thru Slaying
GoFundMe/Antoinajah EdwardsWhen a 16-year-old girl was shot and killed while working at a Burger King drive-thru in Milwaukee earlier this month, the horrific news reverberated around the nation. Tens of thousands of dollars in donations poured in and Niesha Harris-Brazell’s devastated family wondered how she could be taken “in the blink of an eye.” But after spending two weeks piecing together events, investigators have made the bombshell allegation in court documents that Harris-Brazell was kinews.yahoo.com
GoFundMe Report Names Spring As The Most Generous City In The Country In 2021
Spring, Texas – The popular fundraising website GoFundMe has released its annual Giving Report for 2021 and for the second year in a row the numbers show that Spring residents are among the most generous in the country. In the website’s ranking of cities where the most donations were made per capita, Spring landed at the top of the list for 2021, having come in at second in 2020. GoFundMe Chief Marketing Officer Musa Tariq said of Spring and its generosity, “Its residents are known for rallying together to help their own community whenever possible, especially military and first-responders. But much of the donations that made Spring the most generous city in the nation came from fundraisers for local causes. In January, $35,000 was quickly raised to support the Coronado family, who had unexpectedly lost the husband and father who was their sole provider.springhappenings.com
Fiancée of Man Convicted In Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder Tried to Hail Him as a Hero In Failed GoFundMe Campaign Before It Was Ultimately Shut Down
GoFundMe recently terminated a campaign raising money for William “Roddie” Bryan, one of the men convicted last month of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, after it said […]news.yahoo.com
Verified ways to help: GoFundMe launches Astroworld Festival Relief Hub
Following the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival, there has been an influx of activity on GoFundMe as the community comes together to support the victims and their families, but how do you know which fundraising campaigns are legitimate?
Donations pour in for families of Atlanta shooting victims
(AP Photo/Ben Gray)Shortly after his mother was killed in the Atlanta-area shootings, Randy Park launched a GoFundMe page asking for $20,000 to pay for funeral expenses. For now, donors to victims of the Atlanta shootings must scour individual GoFundMe accounts. A page for Yong Yue’s family drew more than $115,000. AdPark's family was the first to launch a GoFundMe page. This is simply a change in my life,” Park wrote to the 70,000 people who had contributed as of Sunday afternoon.
Major sacrifice: Houston teen offers to deplete college savings in order to help her mother pay rent
HOUSTON – When a local mom lost her job, her 18-year-old daughter decided to drain her savings to keep a roof over their heads. Alondra Carmona sacrificed her dream of going to college to save her family. She planned to use that money to go to her dream school -- Barnard College. “It made me really sad,” Carmona said. AdIf you would like to help by contributing to Carmona’s school expenses, go to her GoFundMe page.
A Houston-area suburb is the second-most generous city of 2020, report says
HOUSTON – A report from GoFundMe ranked Spring, Texas, as the second-most generous city for supporting causes for 2020. In a news release from GoFundMe, the fundraising website released its annual giving report, which includes Spring and several other U.S. cities who have supported numerous causes and organizations. Several notable fundraisers included the GoFundMe for Spc. The report also included 2020 trends and a list of causes supported such as COVID-19 relief and hurricane relief. To read the full annual report, click here.
More than $47K raised for family moving to Houston after vehicles packed with belongings stolen
HOUSTON – People have stepped up in a big way to help a family in need ahead of the holidays. A GoFundMe account set up to help a family whose UHaul and car were stolen during a cross-country move to Houston has raised more the $47,000 of its $50,000 goal. The family traveled to Houston last week and one morning discovered their packed belongings and vehicles were stolen. Their car, packed with other belongings, is gone. The Martinez family’s sister-in-law, Kim Machado, organized a GoFundMe campaign to help the family.
Father and 1-year-old son come to Houston after losing home in recent hurricanes
HOUSTON – Several people from Louisiana evacuated to Texas before and after Hurricane Delta stormed across the region. Many made the long trip to Houston to get out of harm’s way. One such family was Justin Meche and his 1-year-old son Bryson. They arrived Saturday to an RV resort in south Houston because they had nowhere else to go. A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help the family in the rebuilding process.
Church seeking donations after man drives through front door causing $300,000 in damage
HOUSTON – A southeast Houston church is still rebuilding after a car crashed through its front door. Earlier this month, the car smashed into New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church along Beldart and South Wayside Drive. The driver was seen moments after the crash, tearing up the inside of the church, before he took off. The suspect was later caught and arrested but not before causing an estimated $300,000 worth of damage. Maybe seeing the damage done would give remorse but certainly, the church as we recognize we are the recipients of mercy.
$60K raised for Houston mother of 4 evicted, forced to live in car, according to GoFundMe effort
Without government assistance, a single mother and her four children were forced to live in their car after being evicted amid an economic crisis as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a GoFundMe account asking or help or the mom. According to Monroe, Madrigal was laid off at the start of the pandemic and denied unemployment and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The mother of four was unable to find work for several months but once she did, it was too late. Madrigal and her children -- ranging in age from one to 11 years old -- were evicted from their home. Monroe describes Madrigal as a hardworking, optimistic, and brave mother who was unfortunately failed by the United States’ response to the pandemic.
A VFW Post in Pearland is in financial trouble and may have to shut down. Here’s how you can help them.
PEARLAND, Tx – The coronavirus pandemic is threatening to permanently shut down VFW Post 7109 in Pearland due to funding, six months after marking their 50th anniversary. The organization has turned to GoFundMe to raise $20,000 to keep the facility open not only to veterans of all military branches, but also to the community at large. Located at 4202 Walnut Street, VFW Post 7109 organized several notable events for the public such as cook-offs, parades and festivals. It became a place for veterans to call their second home after combat, they said. How to helpContribute to Pearland VFW Post 7109′s GoFundMe by clicking here.
Texas barbecue joint asks for help after thieves steal all of their meat
HOUSTON – The owners of a San Antonio barbecue joint turned to GoFundMe for help after seeing all of their meat was stolen from their restaurant storage last week, San Antonio Express-News reported. Security cameras showed multiple thieves breaking into the restaurant at around 2:30 a.m., leaving two hours later with boxes full of food. The restaurant, which opened last June, struggled during the coronavirus pandemic as they had to lay off most of their staff. A GoFundMe account was created last week to raise funds to replace all the items stolen. Ransom said the support from his local customers had been above and beyond, as they take advantage of curbside ordering and delivery.
GoFundMe set up for The Woodlands volleyball player Julieta Valdes and family
On Monday night, it was made public that The Woodlands volleyball player Julieta Valdes is in the fight for her life after suffering a heat attack and going into cardiac arrest on Sunday. Valdes was a big piece to The Woodlands volleyball program this past season as a freshman and is a member of the Houston Juniors VBC 16 Elite Team. She has an older brother and sister, Xavier and Patty, according to the GoFundMe page. "We predict there will be many challenges in the future," the creator of the page wrote. — VolleyHigh (@volley_high) May 5, 2020An update on Valdes' status was posted to the GoFundMe page on Tuesday morning.
You can now donate to local businesses you love through this new donation button on Yelp
HOUSTON – Yelp has teamed up with GoFundMe to create a donation button to make it easier for people to support to a local business they love. Yelp and GoFunMe wanted to make it easier for loyal customers to help relieve small businesses of their financial burdens during the pandemic. The partnership follows Yelp’s announcement of a $25 million in relief for local businesses, which will primarily focus on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services, during the outbreak. The GoFundMe fundraisers will appear on Yelp pages for restaurants, nightlife, beauty and fitness and active life businesses. For more information on the partnership with GoFundMe and eligibility for participation, click here.
Celebrities rally to send Quaden Bayles to Disneyland after bullying video goes viral
Bullied at school for his dwarfism, 9-year-old Quaden Bayles sobs uncontrollably in the back of his mother's car -- saying to the camera: "Give me a knife, I want to kill myself." His mother, Yarraka Bayles, from the Australian state of Queensland, posted the heartbreaking Facebook Live video this week to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. "This is what bullying does," she said in the video. Among them is Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who posted a video message to Twitter telling Bayles: "No matter what, you've got a friend in me." "Let's show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it."
Pearland family who lost everything in fire is asking for help to rebuild
HOUSTON – A Pearland family is asking for help after they lost everything when their house burned down on Dec. 12. The fire happened in the middle of the night at a home off Mustang Lane near Airline Road South. Jennifer Lafferty explained what happened on her GoFundMe page. Our first thought was our 79 year-old mother who was left inside.”Jennifer Bajet Lafferty is asking for help after their family home burned down on Dec. 12, 2019. “I don’t even want to clean it up yet because it’s just heartbreaking right now,” Lafferty told KPRC 2.