Gripped with shock over the massacre of 10 black people at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York by a white supremacist, the Muslim community have jumped into action, launching a fundraiser for families of the victims.
Organized by Jamia Masjid of the Muslim Society of Buffalo, the funds will be used for funeral costs, medical expenses, and general support to the families.
“The Muslim Community is heartbroken to hear news of this deadly assault and we are taking action. First and foremost we want to extend our love and support to the victims, and we are seeking to place these funds directly in their hands,” a LaunchGood fundraiser states.
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“The area where the tragedy took place is a community hub. In addition to the Tops Markets, it is near a Muslim Community Center (Masjid Numan), restaurants, cafes, homes, and the headquarters for the Buffalo Challenger,” the fundraiser added.
The tragedy occurred on Saturday May 14th, when a white supremacist active shooter opened fire at the Jefferson St. location of Tops Market killing at least 10 people and injuring many others.
Reports say that the shooter planned the attack beforehand and live-streamed the attack on his Twitch account.
Till the time of writing, the fundraiser has raised more than $19,800 of their $25,000 goal.
The money will be used in funeral costs, medical expenses, and general support for the families.
While no money can compensate the loss of life, the Muslim Society of Buffalo hopes to lessen the blow for the families of the Buffalo shooting victims with its fundraiser.
“We are praying for those who have been killed and injured and are extending our hand in support to their loved ones. Join us today by sharing and donating to this effort. All funds raised will go towards direct support of the victims of the attack.”
The Jami Masjid, located at 1955 Genesee Street, is a Muslim community center and Masjid serving Western New York.
Through weekly programs, the masjid specializes in catering to new converts, families, and the youth.