Well-wishers foot bill for campus shooting hero’s wedding registry, honeymoon
SEATTLE (AP) — The best of humanity has emerged after a tragic campus shooting left one dead and two hurt at a small Seattle university.
Well-wishers – most of them complete strangers to the women and men they’re helping – have donated more than $60,000 online for the victims and hero of the June 6 shooting at Seattle Pacific University.
When gunfire erupted on campus late last week, student Jon Meis tackled and pepper-sprayed the shooter, ending the bloodshed.
Meis’ selflessness caught the attention of the nation, which soon learned that Meis is getting married in just a few weeks.
So, the Internet did what it does best and bought nearly everything on Meis and his fiancee’s wedding registry, and then some. Donors raised more than $48,000 for his honeymoon, as of Monday morning, far exceeding the page goal of $5,000.
“I am astounded by the response from Seattle, the country and around the world. You have all shown the good side of humanity,” Jessamyn McIntrye wrote on the GoFundMe page.
McIntrye said she does not know Meis personally, but was moved to help the community show gratitude for his heroic act.
The outpouring of financial gifts and support followed days of mourning at the Christian university.
A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a university building late last week, killing 19-year-old Paul Lee and wounding Sarah Williams, who remains hospitalized. The other injured person has been released from the hospital.
A fundraising page to cover the costs of Lee’s funeral and Williams’ medical care is nearing $13,000. Another page started by Williams’ family has grossed nearly $6,000.