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Orlando GoFundMe Sets Record With $3 Million

Orlando GoFundMe Sets Record With $3 Million

Two GoFundMe accounts have raised more than $2 million since the incident at Pulse this past Sunday. It appeared on the crowdfunding website hours after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in the deadliest mass shooting in USA history. As many as 56,000 people had contributed by Monday evening.

They inputted a goal of $100,000, but within 10 hours they raised $1 million. The National Center for Victims of Crimes is a nonprofit organization that has been involved with dispersing funds following other high-profile crowdfunding campaigns such as the one the followed the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting.

Friends of Amanda Alvear, who died in the shootings, hold up her photograph and a prayer chain during a vigil for family and friends that have lost loved ones drawing thousands in Orlando, Fla.

The organisation said in a statement: "Every penny raised will be distributed directly to the victims and their families". Now they raised their goal to $5 million. The previous record-holder, a viral campaign to cover medical expenses for a 4-year-old SC girl, received US$500,000 in contributions over a two-week period and US$2 million total.

Former Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson dead at age 41
The 41-year-old - who played for the Bears, Cardinals, Rams , Bengals and Dolphins - was a solid National Football League player. The Toledo, Ohio, native was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m. after being found at the Midpoint Motel.


Cricket Wireless provided $25,000 while Executive Pride gave $30,000.

Notably, of GoFundMe's five most successful campaigns, four are related to fatal shootings or terrorist attacks.

And organizers of the fundraiser said: 'We are beyond moved by the support from all corners of the world and all walks of life. "It's not about the dollar amount, it's about being a decent person and standing up for human rights".

"That doesn't mean you shouldn't donate - you should!"


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