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On Monday afternoon, 10 people were killed in a Boulder King Soopers after a gunman opened fire on customers, employees, and responding law-enforcement officers.
The victims included Denny Stong (20), Nevin Stanisic (23), Rikki Olds (25), Tralona Bartkowiak (49), Suzanne Fountain (59), Teri Leiker (51), Eric Talley (51), Kevin Mahoney (61), Lynn Murray (62), and Jody Water (65). Among them were three employees of the grocery store, one police officer, a former magazine photographer, and a local boutique owner.
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Police did apprehend a suspect at the scene. The 21-year-old Arvada man has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Thursday.
Colorado’s seventh mass shooting since 1993 has left both the Boulder and Centennial State community reeling. The families of the victims are also dealing with the heartbreak and trauma that accompanies suddenly losing a loved one.
A number of funds, however, have sprung up to help both those families and the community. Here is where you can go to donate:
Colorado Healing Fund: CHF works to figure our victims needs and help provide financial resources where needed. Five percent of each donation does go to support the fund’s operations. It was originally established in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting.
Community Foundation’s Boulder Country Crisis Fund: The Community Foundation provides philanthropic services, including support for nonprofits, in the Boulder area. In concert with local partners, including the City of Boulder and religious spaces, the organization will use money sent to this fund to aid both victims and the community at-large.
Boulder Country Injured and Fallen Officer Fund: One of the victims was police Officer Eric Talley, who was the first law-enforcement official to respond to the incident. He was a 10-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department. This fund supports law-enforcement members that have been injured and families of officers that have been killed. It will help Talley’s family in the aftermath of the shooting.
Boulder Organization of Community Management: The group plans to keep an updated list of various local organizations accepting donations.
Boulder Community Fridge: The organization, which offers free food to whoever needs it via fridges placed through the community, has started a program to deliver groceries to people that would rather stay home in the coming weeks. Boulder Valley Mutual Aid is helping provide money for operating costs. You can also send Venmo donations that help fund the program to @bvmagrocery. Sign up to receive groceries or help deliver here.