George Floyd´s GoFundMe accounts have raised over $12 million for his family ... and counting

U.S. 2020/6/5

George Floyd´s GoFundMe accounts have raised over $12 million for his family ... and counting

George Floyd.

Courtesy of Philonise Floyd

  • Two of George Floyd´s siblings have posted GoFundMe fundraisers asking for help to pay for the family´s travel and legal expenses and to support Floyd´s children following his death.

  • And the internet has responded. Hundreds of thousands of donors have gifted the family with over $12 million and counting.

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The killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled directly on his neck has angered the US.

The tape that captured the event horrified Floyd´s family, his brother Philonise Floyd wrote in a GoFundMe he established six days ago.

Floyd died in Minneapolis, but the family is originally from Houston. Philonise Floyd was hoping to raise $1.5 million to pay for the family´s considerable legal and travel expenses as well as to help support and educate Floyd´s children. Philonise Floyd says that 100% of the money collected will go to the family and that the GoFundMe is being managed by the family´s law firm.

The communications manager from the law firm that set up the fund, Adner Marcelin of Ben Crump Law, confirmed this to Business Insider: "Our office is contingency fee based so fees for our legal services derive for any recovery obtained for the family (i.e. – the civil law suit). The funds raised here were transferred to Mr. Floyd´s brother, as stated clearly in the fundraiser. They will be distributed according to his family´s wishes," Marcelin said. 

The family´s lawyer, Ben Crump, has become one of the nation´s most recognizeable and prominent civil rights attorney since he represented Trayvon Martin´s family in 2012. He is also currently representing Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.

With the global attention, including a shout-out to the fund by former President Barack Obama, the GoFundMe has quickly ratcheted up into the millions. As of this writing, the fund had raised over $12 million and was still climbing by the minute.

"Our hearts are overwhelmed!" Philonise Floyd wrote in reaction to the over 450,000 donors who had contributed.

At the same time, George Floyd´s younger sister, Bridgett Floyd, also launched a GoFundMe campaign. She was hoping to raise $5,000 to help her pay for traveling and other expenses associated with his memorial. That fund had raised over $349,295 and counting as well.

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