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Muslim fundraiser for Pittsburgh synagogue victims raise more than $110,000

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Muslim
groups have set up fundraising campaigns for the victims of the
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Here, a makeshift memorial down
the street from the site of the shooting pictured on
Sunday.

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  • A crowdfunding campaign started by two Muslim groups
    has raised more than $110,000 for the victims of the
    Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday which left 11 people
    dead
  • The campaign was set up through the platform
    LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform focused on the global
    Muslim community.
  • The funds will help cover the “immediate, short-term
    needs of the injured victims and grieving families,” such as
    funeral and medical bills.
  • The campaign surpassed its initial goal of $25,000
    within six hours of launching on Saturday.

A crowdfunding campaign started by two Muslim groups has raised
more than $110,000 for the victims of the
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday which left 11 people
dead

The campaign was set up through the platform LaunchGood,
a crowdfunding platform focused on the Muslim community
worldwide.

The campaign for the Pittsburgh shooting victims was
started by Tarek El-Messidi, who is a Muslim-American social
entrepreneur and speaker, according to his
LaunchGood user account

Two Muslim-American non-profits, Celebrate
Mercy and MPower Change, were behind
the campaign titled “Muslims Unite For
Pittsburgh Synagogue.”

The fund is also in partnership with the Islamic Center of
Pittsburgh, who will work directly with
the 
Tree of Life synagogue — where the
shooting took place — to distribute funds to those affected,
according to the
campaign’s LaunchGood page
.


People support each other in front of flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
People
support each other in front of a makeshift memorial at the Tree
of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

According to the page, the funds will help cover the “immediate,
short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families
 including funeral expenses and medical
bills.” 

“No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but
we do hope to lessen their burden in some way,” the campaign
wrote.

As of 3 a.m. EDT, the campaign raised over $110,000, far
surpassing their initial goal of $25,000.

The initial target was reached in only six hours since it
began on Saturday, according to the campaign. The campaign had
gone viral and hit its second goal of $50,000 in just one
day. 

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united
message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is
no place for this type of hate and violence in America,” the
campaign organizers wrote.

“We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace
to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken
by this event.”


SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2018.
SWAT
police officers respond after gunfire at the Tree of Life
synagogue on Saturday.

Reuters

Eleven people were killed and six others were
injured when
a gunman armed with an AR-15 and handguns stormed the Tree of
Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

When police rushed the synagogue in the Squirrel Hill
neighborhood, they were met with gunfire.


The suspect, Robert Bowers
, was eventually taken into custody
and reportedly told one police officer: “All these Jews need to
die.”

The shooting is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jewish
people in US history, according to the Anti-Defamation
League
.

Kelly McLaughlin contributed to this report. 

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