Thanks to your incredible generosity we were able to honor Berkant’s final wish, and he now rests next to his mother in Bulgaria. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your support and for showing how respected and loved Berkant was by all of you. Thank you to those who attended Berkant’s funeral. Thank you to everyone who left messages of support. And thank you again to all who donated – no donation was too small, and all of you helped to ensure that Berkant’s wish was realized.
The remainder of your donations have been placed into a trust account for Berkant’s beloved daughter Ozlem. The picture below shows the last hug that Berkant shared with his daughter. Ozlem was Berkant’s everything, and he worked hard to make sure she was provided for and had a bright future ahead of her.
We will keep this campaign open to provide a way for people to contribute to Ozlem’s future. Please continue to leave messages of support and your remembrances of Berkant. We hope that one day Ozlem can read these messages and be reminded of how special her father was to so many people.
UPDATE (10/5/2019): GoFundMe has requested that we provide more details to our donors regarding how their donations will be handled.
I, Nurdane Molla, am a close family friend of Berkant and his family. I have known Berkant and his family for over fifteen years. Berkant’s daughter Ozlem and her mother are staying with me at my home in San Francisco while the funeral arrangements are being finalized. I was asked by many members of the Turkish community to help Ozlem and her mother to manage the finances and logistics of the funeral and transportation of Berkant’s body to Bulgaria during their time of grief. The donation funds will be withdrawn directly by me to be immediately used to pay for the following expenses:
· Funeral expenses in the United States.
· Transportation of Berkant to Bulgaria.
· Bulgarian funeral expenses.
· Travel expenses for Ozelm and/or her mother to/from Bulgaria to attend the Bulgarian funeral.
Since Ozlem is still a minor, any remaining funds will be wired to Ozlem’s mother to be used to for Ozlem’s day-to-day living expenses and education.
To everyone who may have heard the news, our dear friend Berkant Ahmed passed away in a tragic accident on Highway 101 in San Francisco in the early hours of October 3rd. Funeral plans are still being arranged, and upon his wishes he will be transported to Bulgaria and buried next to his mother. As you are all aware, Berkant is Ozlem’s loving father. What has happened is beyond comprehension and we are all still in shock. Understandably Ozlem and the rest of the family are struggling to cope, so I am stepping in to help with organizing Berkant’s funeral costs. We have already had numerous people asking how to help, so this campaign has been created as a way to help the family with funeral plans and costs and also to offer a place for supportive messages and donations to be left for Ozlem. If you would like to help, just click on the donate button and donate whatever you can. If you are not able to donate, don’t forget you can still leave messages and comments for Ozlem and the rest of his family to read. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. Thank you for your help and support during this tough time.