Fundraiser campaigns for Kansas shooting victims received generous responses, exceeding their original targets in less than a day. The overwhelming outpouring of financial support exceeding $ 650,000, prompted two campaigners to up the targets.
Fundraising platform gofundme hosted campaigns for 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in Wednesday's shooting, his colleague Alok Reddy Madasani and Ian Grillot. Grillot was critically wounded while Madasani's injuries were immediately treatable, The Huffington Post reported. Olathe man Adam Wade Purinton, suspected to have committed the alleged hate crime, was later arrested in Missouri.
The campaigns went viral as news of the Kansas shooting hit the wires, accompanied by questions regarding safety of immigrants in view of Trump administration's proposed foreign policy changes. At the time of writing, the fundraisers received contributions from more than 18,000 contributors in less than a day.
The most successful of the fundraisers was organized by Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, Kuchibhotla's friend. With a target of $ 150,000, over 11,000 people donated more than $ 400,000. Muthuramalingam said the money will be handed over to his family. The fundraiser continued to get donations long after it had reached its target.
"We've set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief / recovery support costs. This includes the very expensive process of carrying his mortal remains back to India, so his parents can say goodbye one last time to their beloved son."