Help Slain Chili's manager family.

$28,892 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 451 people in 6 months
Created September 16, 2018

I am the cousin of Steve Gudknecht. I am starting this fundraiser page to help with living expenses for the Slain manager of the Chili's restaurant in Dewitt, NY on September 14th, 2018. Chili's has graciously offered to pay for the funeral expenses. We are absolutely grateful to the company for all they have done so far.  This fundraiser is for his 2 surviving children.  The funds will be handled by  Nancy Chappell, Steves Mother, The children's Grandmother on behalf of Steves Children.

Steve was managing the late shift around 1 am at the Chili's restaurant in Dewitt, NY when an ex-employee entered through the back door of the building with a gun and robbed the chili's. Unfortunately, my cousin Steve and another employee of the restaurant Kris Hicks were gunned down in cold blood. My cousin died at the scene and Kris was rushed to the hospital where he also died.  

We all would like to thank everyone in advance for helping out my cousins family as Steve is survived by a 14-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. they will both now be growing up without Dad.  I will try to find and provide a link to a fundraiser for Kris Hicks if possible. 

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It’s been almost 6 months since Steve left us in such a horrific way. This is my first time sitting back and reading all the messages and donations, the love from everyone has been overwhelming. I just want to thank each and everyone of you for all your love and support. Our family has suffered deep pain and tremendous loss. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life but we are moving forward, slowly but surely. We will let the courts deal with his murderer and his associates. Our job now is to surround his kids with love and support. Love will always conquer evil. Steve’s love and great energy will always live in each of us. We are healing.
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Thank you all for your continued support for my cousin Steve and his children.

It's hard to think only a couple of months ago 2 great people were murdered over a few dollars. It's harder to imagine this happening at the hands and cause of more than 5 people. As the criminal cases start for these animals.

My cousin's kids are learning a new way of life without a Dad. His Mother Nancy is learning to take over Steves responsibilities now that he is gone so suddenly.

For those of you that know my Aunt Nancy, you know that she already had a full plate, to begin with with her other son in the military. Her husband having MS and dealing with not only being his caregiver but fundraising for the MS cause if her available time. With the loss of her Son Steve, she is still showing her continued strength.

In honor of them, I do ask and will continue to ask that you donate and share this page with your family friend and coworkers. I believe it is the best way for everyone to not only show support but to help ensure that Steves kids get a fair shot at a future.

Thank you all again for taking the time to read this update and continuing to help me keep this page alive and continuing to move forward for them.
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Thank you all for your continued support for my cousin and his children.

Stephen would have been 38 last Saturday, Not having him around for his birthday is tuff. I know his kids missed him the most.

I'd like to ask everyone for a Happy Birthday share for my cousin Steve and also his friend Kris.

Kris's page is still a little short of its goal amount.

Kris Hicks Gofundme page.
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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to say thank you again for continuing to share and donate to help Steve's kids.

The dental profession as a whole is an amazing group. The support you guys show my Aunt Nancy is amazing. I know she has been working in the field for a long time but did not realize the way you guys back each other up. I love it. Thank you and please keep it going.

I also want to thank my aunt's personal friends and family. As you can see from the comments she has many that show her love and support. I know she is as grateful as I am that you are all behind her while dealing with all this. Please continue to show your support as this really is just getting started.

I will be making updates about the Kids, Nancy and Steves only brother Chris (Who is leaving again for military service in Africa this Sunday) Part of future updates for those donors who chose to follow the campaign.

Please join me in remembering Steve on his Birthday this Saturday, September 29th.

He would have been 38.

Please continue to share his page.
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Raised by 451 people in 6 months
Created September 16, 2018
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