Written by: Khalif Thompson
As we remember the undeserved and tragic deaths of the horrific and racially motivated massacre of the Buffalo, NY ‘Tops Market” shooting, we try to put those at ease as we report that Tops Market and the National Compassion Fund have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help victims of the Buffalo massacre. Over $1 million has been raised so far for the families in need.
On May 19, just three days after it was started, a GoFundMe campaign set up for survivors of the Buffalo, New York, mass shooting topped $1 million.
The National Compassion Fund and Tops Friendly Markets launched a GoFundMe campaign to help individuals affected by the store shooting.
The GoFundMe campaign has raised $1,043,350, but it is still shy of the $1.5 million target.
The fundraiser stated in its goal description that “One hundred percent of the contributions donated to this fund will go directly to victims and survivors of this atrocity”.
GoFundMe established an official page where additional verified campaigns for the families of the victims may be discovered.
Among those killed were Andre McNeil, who went to Tops grocery store to get a birthday cake for his son AJ on his third birthday, and retired police officer Aaron Salter Jr, who died while attempting to apprehend the gunman.
"Every fundraiser on this page has been certified by our Trust & Safety professionals," according to the fundraising website.
Candles in the S.U.N. (candlesinthesun.com), a local nonprofit group accepting food and other donations that are distributed at daily pop-ups; Feed Buffalo (feedbuffalo.org), which provides food and supports other grassroots efforts; and Black Love Resists in the Rust (blackloveresistsintherust.org), which collects donations for food and mental health support in collaboration with Colored Girls Bike Too.