After the heinous torture of an 18-year-old special needs man in a Facebook Live video, a user of the popular website, Reddit, has raised over $160,000 for the victim.
The man responsible, Razor Sheldon of popular Uplifting News subreddit, a forum on the Reddit website, said that he set an initial goal of $5,000 in an effort to show the victim that there were people who supported him through the terrible ordeal he suffered through.
As many people supported the victim and Sheldon’s campaign, donations have surged on the GoFundMe account. Since January 5th “over 5,000 people from all 50 states have donated,” said the Washington Post.
The victim’s attorney Neal Strom, spoke of the outpour of support for the victim and his family, who is middle class and makes a modest living, saying, “My clients are overwhelmed with the warm, kind generosity of perfect strangers. It just came out of the clear blue sky…It shows that there are good people out there after all [the victim] has been through.”
The four suspects in the case are facing charges of kidnapping, battery and hate crimes.
A note posted on the victim’s GoFundMe account stated:
“The perpetrators have been apprehended and hopefully swift justice will be served. But let’s take an opportunity now to show this young man and his family some financial support during this difficult time of recovery and let him know there are many out there that are here for him.
I’ve coordinated and verified a number of fundraisers through reddit.com/r/upliftingnews and promise that 100% of funds raised will go directly to this young man and/or his family/guardians. Let’s prove to him that there is far more good in this world than the evil he experienced.”
H/T: New York Post
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