GoFundMe Raises More Than $714,000 for Alton Sterling’s Children

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There’s growing concern over what started out online as a college fund for Alton Sterling’s five children.
 
“It’s probably frustration in the community but the attorneys kind of understand it,” said C. Denise Marcelle.
 
State Representative C. Denise Marcelle said it’s up to the attorneys representing Alton Sterling’s Children, as well as the creator of the GoFundMe, Issa Rae, to determine how and when to disperse the funds.
 
“The person who originally put theGoFundMe out there, they intended for it to be for educational purposes, however a lot of the people that donated just wanted the money to go towards the kids. They were not in a full understanding of it just being for education. So there’s some confusion about that,” said Marcelle. “Part of the issue is that Alton Sterling had a disabled child and so that particular child will not go to college. So the question becomes how do you get that money to that parent to do whatever it is? And those children, the 3 younger kids were very small, so they may need money for daycare, tutoring.”
 
Local 33 News spoke with James Williams, the attorney for Issa Rae. He said they are in the process of setting up a trust. Right now, the money is still with GoFundMe. Williams said Rae’s goal is for the money to go towards helping the children with their education. More than $714,000 has been raised. 
 
“Im not surprised by the amount of money that was raised because people all over the nation was outraged when they saw what happened and they were even reaching out to the families to see what they can do and they wanted to help,” said Marcelle.

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