The public is stepping forward with an outpouring of financial donations to help the people hurt Saturday when a car rammed into counter-protesters during an alt-right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va.
The funds that totaled $885,984 as of early Wednesday evening are also going toward helping the family of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who died after being struck by the car. The donations are coming through the crowd-funding website www.GoFundMe.com.
The largest of the campaigns, one set up to help Heyer’s family, was shut down by Tuesday evening because it reached its goal. That campaign raised $224,870. Another campaign for Dre Harris — a black man who was hit with water bottles, sprayed with pepper spray and beaten with metal poles — raised $146,206 as of Tuesday evening, just about three times its goal of $50,000.
Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO, said in an e-mail to USA TODAY that the response to the Charlottesville incident was …
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