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In less than 24 hours, more than 8,000 people have donated north of $220,000 to the family of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed in an attack while marching against the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.
Heyer’s campaign was set up on the fundraising site GoFundMe by a friend, who said in a post the money was being raised for Heyer’s family. GoFundMe said Sunday in a tweet that the campaign was legitimate.
Heyer was a resident of Charlottesville who had been out protesting against Unite the Right Rally, where white nationalists, supremacists and neo-Nazis marched against the planned removal of a statue of a Confederate Army general.
She was one of 20 people who were struck by a car driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., according to police, who was marching at the rally earlier. He’s been charged with second-degree murder.
Since its founding in 2010, GoFundMe has become a popular crowdsourcing tool for fundraising. The site prominently features Facebook and Twitter share buttons, which help campaigns garner interest from strangers.