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Originally published June 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM | Page modified June 8, 2014 at 11:55 PM

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Thousands donated for victims, hero in SPU shooting

Since the shooting there has been an outpouring of financial gifts as well as expressions of emotional support and vigils.


The Associated Press

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More than $60,000 has been donated online for the victims and hero of the shooting that left one dead and two injured at Seattle Pacific University last week.

Since the shooting there has been an outpouring of financial gifts as well as expressions of emotional support and vigils. On Sunday, the Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple in the Chinatown International District held an hour of chanting in honor of the victims.

As of Sunday afternoon, a fundraising page for Jon Meis, a student who pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday at Seattle Pacific University, had grossed more than $44,000. A fundraising page to cover the costs of Paul Lee’s funeral and Sarah Williams’ medical care was nearing $13,000. Another page started by Williams’ family had raised nearly $5,000. More donations are expected.

A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a university building, killing 19-year-old Lee and wounding Williams. Although she remains hospitalized, Williams was upgraded from serious to stable condition Sunday night. The other injured person, Thomas Fowler, Jr., 24, was released from the hospital Friday.

Aaron Rey Ybarra, 26, has been held without bail on investigation of first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree assault in the campus shooting.

Information from The Seattle Times was included in this report.



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