Help pours in for victims of Kansas shooting

Friends, strangers alike raise funds for three hate crime victims

Updated - February 25, 2017 12:56 am IST

Published - February 25, 2017 12:43 am IST - HYDERABAD

Families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Ian Grillot and Alok Reddy Madasani saw an outpouring of financial support online to meet expenses foisted on them by an alleged racial attack in Kansas City.

A campaign for Mr. Kuchibhotla on the fundraiser website GoFundMe, organised by his friend Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, saw over 8,000 people raise more than $290,000 in just 19 hours. Many, including those who did not know him, blamed hate and racism for the incident.

A second campaign was started by Maggie Grillot, sister of Ian Grillot, who was shot at when he went after the shooter. Many Indians contributed to his campaign. The initiative saw over 3,500 people contributing $128,444 against the target of $150,000.

The third fundraiser campaign by Brian Eric Ford, a friend of Ms. Muthuramalingam, said the proceeds would be split between the families of Mr. Kuchibhotla and Mr. Madasani. The campaign raised nearly $44,000.

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