Funerals for Ashton Street victims

$10,730 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 195 people in 4 months
Created February 16, 2018
Two brothers, Troy and Teague Orblych, were shot and killed when they were ambushed outside their family home in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 on Ashton Street in Detroit.  

The brothers were with their mother, Bonnie Jo Gotshall, two other siblings and a family friend when the attack happened. Police believe the gunmen could have been trying to rob them but it's unclear if anything was taken. 

The family was returning home from the grocery store at about 11 p.m. 

Mrs.  Gotshall, who is in her 70s and has a broken leg, was helped into the home. The two brothers went back outside to retrieve items from the car. That's when they were ambushed by at least two, possibly three gunmen wearing masks. 

The brothers were shot and killed outside in the backyard of the home.

Please donate to help family pay for their funerals and burials.
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The response to the GoFundMe campaign for the family of Troy and Teague Orblych has been terrific! In a little less than a week, over 175 of us, mostly unrelated individuals, strangers to each other, have come together to share our sorrow and our solidarity through this terrible tragedy.

The concrete results of that collective effort? We have amassed over $8800!

Much of that sum came from Teague's UM-Dearborn friends and colleagues, where he worked as a librarian. Active support has also come from folks in the Rosedale Park neighborhood, where Teague and Troy and their family lived, as well as from students and colleagues at Wayne State University, where Teague was an instructor in information science courses.

As you can well imagine, Troy’s and Teague's family is quite overwhelmed, not only because of the loss of two beloved family members, but also because of the loss of the primary support system for their mother and two adult siblings unable to fully care for themselves.

Hence, there are no plans for funerals or memorial services. However, a vigil/memorial service for Troy is being arranged by his co-workers at Wal-Mart. And some of Teague's UM-Dearborn library colleagues are working to arrange a memorial service on their campus. Specific details are still being finalized, but it looks like the Walmart event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, and the UM-Dearborn event sometime in March. You will receive an update when details have been confirmed regarding any and all services for Troy and Teague.

NOTE: The need for funds to pay for funerals/burial expenses has diminished significantly due to the family’s decision to employ cremation services for both family members. Nonetheless, the financial support we have mustered is badly needed by the family, due to the loss of household incomes, as well as the expense of temporarily staying in a hotel [the Detroit Police Department advised the family to take that step, until more progress on the case is made].

This update will be the final one from me – I am transferring control of this campaign to Bonnie Jo Gotshall, mother of the two slain men, and Tod Orblych, brother to Troy and Teague, who will be monitoring all future contributions and comments.

It has been an honor to have been part of this campaign – your comments and contributions have been a source of comfort and relief to me personally. As Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Thank you, everyone, for being those helpers -

Pam Weinstein
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We are on the home stretch now, everybody! Our total today is $8150, a number that demonstrates an amazing outpouring of sympathy and support for the family.

As we mourn our loss, we join hands to remember all that was good and fine about these two kind and gentle men.

I am so grateful for your response and participation.
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Great response to our campaign to help the family of Ashton Street homicide victimsTroy and Teague Orblych - it's midday Monday, about 60 hours since this page was created, and we're closing in on the halfway point. The current total is $4,865.

It's amazing to see what can be accomplished when we all join together.

Invite others to join us - many thanks!
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Our campaign to raise funds for the funerals of Troy and Teague Orblych is only 40 hours old, and we are already a third of the way there - we've raised $3490 and still counting! Comments from Teague's colleagues at UM Dearborn are especially moving.

TIP: If everyone who has already contributed could recruit two people to join them, we'd probably be at 100% of goal. Personally, I hate asking people for money, but somehow this situation transcends that reticence. Maybe that's true for you, too...? Give it some thought.

And thanks so much for your support - your giving lifts me up.
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Raised by 195 people in 4 months
Created February 16, 2018
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