Following the horrific high school shooting in Parkland in Florida, a Muslim charity has raised thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Three Islamic groups gathered under The South Florida Muslim Federation, Inc. banner to launch an online crowd funding site.
They said that the money will be used to help the family of the victims of the “tragic events” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School. “These efforts began immediately after the 14 February shooting that resulted in the deaths of 17 people with dozens wounded and hundreds of other young students and adults terrorized,” the appeal said.
“Let us all help assist the victims of the deadliest school shooting in the history of Florida,” they added. “Our beloved Prophet Muhammad reminded us on our duties towards our neighbors,” they believed. Their goal was to raise $10,000 (£7,100). However, in less than two days after the mass shooting, it had raised $4,000.
The money will be given to the local Broward Education Fund, saying that platform was “the only fund to support and help victims and families”. Not only the money was gathered but the web page also issued a wider appeal to the community and called for blood donations and for mental health professionals to offer free counselling.
Nikolas Cruz, the murderer, has been charged with 17 counts of murder. He “confessed” to the massacre, admitting “began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds”.
The student victims included Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, Martin Duque, 14, Nicholas Dworet, 17, Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Luke Hoyer, 15, Cara Loughran, 14, Gina Montalto, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Alaina Petty, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Helena Ramsey, 17, Helena Ramsey, 17, Alex Schachter, 14, and Carmen Schentrup, 16. Track coach Aaron Feis, 37, geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, and athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, were also killed.