A GoFundMe changes lives once again.
CHICAGO — Donations for the mentally disabled victim who was bound, beaten and tortured during a Facebook Live broadcast in Chicago surpassed $70,000 on the website GoFundMe Friday evening.
Bartlett Jackson, a GoFundMe regional communications manager, confirmed to the Associated Press that the account is legitimate, and that the creator has been working with the young man’s family.
The GoFundMe campaign called “Let’s show the Chicago victim love,” which had raised more than $44,000 as of Friday morning, reached $70,000 from more than 2,400 donors that evening.
The victim’s arms were bound and a sock was shoved in his mouth and shut by duct tape. The social media video shows the victim’s assailants slap, cut, taunt and curse him.
During the video, two men cut the sleeve of the victim’s shirt. Then a man is seen cutting a patch of hair from the victim’s head with a knife..
“The victim was made to say, ‘I love Black people’ and ‘F— Trump,’” according to Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti.
The video has been condemned by the president of the United States, the mayor of Chicago and a number of other elected officials and community leaders.