Orlando: Black Victims Need Support

Black victims of Orlando massacre need our help as some of them struggling to raise money for medical treatment. #gofundme

We all know about the horrible tragedy happened early Sunday, June 12, in Orlando gay nightclub called Pulse. The whole country mourns and prays for the innocent people who lost their lives due to one man’s burning hatred.

No doubt it wasn’t race issue that led Omar Mateen to come into the nightclub and to committee the largest mass killing in America since 9/11. “I don’t have a problem with black people. Black people have suffered enough”, said the shooter, according to witness. Still we can’t ignore the fact that black community has suffered irreparable losses in this incident.

Antonio Davon Brown, Darryl R. Burt, Tevin Eugene Crosby, Deonka Deidra Drayton, Paul Terrell Henry, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice,  Akyra Murray, Shane Evan Tomlinson – these names sound with distinct pain in our ears. We are not devaluing other victims, but blacks have always had special feeling of unity when it comes to our people.

We sincerely condole with families of passed away; nothing will bring them back their loved ones. But there is something that we can do for them and for those who managed to survive.

The story of one of the victims, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, broke through the internet after texts he wrote to his mother at his last night were released. “Mommy I love you”, “In club they shooting”, “He’s coming. I’m gonna die”, it’s hard to imagine what had felt his mother, when she had received these terrifying massages. Now Eddie is gone, but his family needs financial support to pay medical bills and funeral expenses. Here is GoFundMe platform for Eddie’s family.

Another victim, Rodney Sumter, was working in Pulse club at that horrible night and was shot 3 times during the attack. Now he is in hospital, he has a chance to recover but medical treatment isn’t a cheap thing. Here is GoFundMe platform for Rodney.

The youngest victim was only 18, her name was Akyra Murray, and she had just graduated from the school. She was beautiful, intelligent, ambitious young girl with huge plans for the future. Here is GoFundMe platform for Akyra’s parents.

“Sweezy” Bennett fortunately has stayed alive after shooting, but he has lost his close friend that night. Now he is in hospital, he doesn’t have a medical insurance and needs help to pay his medical bills. Here is GoFundMe platform for Sweezy.

It is not a secret that black people can only lean on black people in this country, because we are all we have. So, let’s not leave them face to face with their challenges.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people”, Martin Luther King Jn.

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