The family of George Floyd has raised $13.6 million (USD) through a GoFundMe campaign, which has earned the most donors ever via the social media fundraising platform ever.
Having launched the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund on May 27 — two days after Floyd was killed by Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department, sparking worldwide protests over police brutality and racism — the gofundme page had an initial goal of $1.5 million to offset travel and funeral costs for the family and to wage a legal battle for justice. A portion will will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
As of June 7, the gofundme page launched by Philonise Floyd, George Lloyd's brother, had attracted over 491,000 donors.
"On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George. My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died," George Lloyd's brother wrote on page.
The social media fundraising campaign is being administered by Adner Marcelin on behalf of the Estate of George Floyd and via Ben Crump Law, PLLC, the legal firm representing the Floyd family inside and outside the courts since May 25.
It also adds that "anyone wishing to send cards, letters of encouragement and/or contributions in the form of a money order or check, may do so by mail at: The Estate of George Floyd c/o Ben Crump Law, PLLC 122 S. Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Attn: Adner Marcelin."
Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, earlier had her own GoFundMe page that raised $377,055 before that campaign was disbanded.
Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder for having his knee on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes and the three other officers — Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
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