A GoFundMe campaign to help the family of George Floyd, the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer forcefully kneeled on his neck during his arrest, has received nearly $13 million, and broke the record for the highest number of individual donations on the crowdfunding site, a spokesperson told TMZ.
The campaign, ‘Official George Floyd Memorial Fund’ created by Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, has received more than 450,000 donations totaling to $12,987,100, as of Friday morning (June 5). The initial goal was to raise $1.5 million. Donations have been made from people from 125 different countries around the world.
“From the bottom of our hearts my family thanks each of you who have reached out,” Philonise wrote in a statement on the page. “While we are not able to respond to each expression of love at this time, please know that we love and appreciate each and every one of you. Our hearts are overwhelmed!”
The fund will cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the family in days to come, he said. A portion also will go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children, and their education.
The family held the first of three memorial services in Minneapolis Thursday, honoring Floyd’s life and legacy.