A community was coming together to help raise funds for the families of the four men killed in a mass shooting that happened on Sunday night, Nov.16, in Fresno, California.
The shooting victims identified as Xy Lee, Phia Vang, Kou Xiong, and Kalaxang Thao. They were shot and killed at a football party around 8 p.m., KSEE24 News reported.
On Friday night, Nov. 22, less than a week after shooting many who wanted to help the victims’ families filled the Golden Palace banquet hall.
“I think through this darkness and nightmare, we want to end the week with unity and leadership coming together,” Pao Yang, CEO of The Fresno Center, said.
Yang was using this year’s Thanksgiving fundraiser to raise money for the devastated families for funeral expenses, ABC30 reported.
During the event, a representative for Wells Fargo bank announced a donation of $20,000 to the impacted families.
In addition, other organizations were also helping the family with additional funds while connecting them to services they may need.
“We’re working with mental health services and we’re going to be putting a schedule next week so members of the community and family can come to the Fresno health center and receive services,” Americorp Supervisor Cheri Cruz said.
Through the grief, Xy Lee’s brother said he’s grateful for the support.
“I appreciate the community, everybody that show love to my brother. Without them, it would be even more difficult,” he said.
Not only that, but the Wells Fargo representative also said that the $ 20,000 donation is only part of a bigger donation of $ 50,000 that will go toward helping various agencies that will benefit the Hmong community in Fresno.