In Memory of Shakir Salaam

$23,563 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 561 people in 32 months
Today we lost a beautiful young man suddenly & tragically when a tree came down ( in a storm) near his school and fell on him.
Shakir Salaam's beautiful soul and kindness touched so many lives and he was taken too soon at only 16.

His high school, Clayton Heights Secondary School and the surrounding community of Clayton Heights in Surrey, BC is in mourning; family, friends, acquaintances teachers, administrators and the community are in shock right now.

I know many are asking for ways to help. I have spoken with a very close family friend of Shakir's, who was at the hospital with the family consoling them during this devastating time.

Together we are putting out a request to our wonderful & generous community, Shakirs friends and acquaintances , surrounding schools & high school rugby teams who would like to reach out & help his family.

Shakir's family is overwhelmed with the generosity of our home community & British Columbians who have embraced Shakir in their arms! I have spoken to Shakir's father at length and they are humbled by the outpouring of donations. Together we have come up with a plan on how to persevere Shakir's memory. His family has requested we donate a portion to local Mosques in our area for perpetual prayers, donations to the local Muslim Food Bank in Shakir's name and we are going to look into donating a portion to setting up a water well in a impoverished country. The rest of the donations will be set up for a 16 year rugby scholarship/grant given yearly to 2 students who represent the integrity and spirit Shakir was known for, as well we will have a plaque placed at Shakir's high school (Clayton Heights Secondary) in his memory and honour ( I have not spoke to administrators at the school as yet about this, so more to come on the planning of this). We also hope to set up a candle light vigil for Shakir in the next week where his family, friends and all who wish to pay respects to Shakir's memory can come, I am hoping I can arrange this at Clayton Heights Secondary.

When I originally set up this fund I did not think it would turn into the outpouring it has grown to. I am humbled and honoured to be messenger in such a beautiful and genuine community spirit...thank you to all Media, businesses, family, friends, local and surrounding communities who have taken the time to donate and reach out with your kind words and heartfelt condolences.

Shakir played rugby at Clayton Heights and lets challenge all rugby schools around the lower mainland to donate to his memorial fund.

Please share this to help raise money and get to our goal of $7,500
And lets try to beat it, I know this is doable for our community.

****We have reached our initial targeted goal thank you to "all" the donors thus far, family & friends are overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences and support!

I have increased the goal to $15,000 in hopes I can set up a Rugby scholarship/grant in Shakir's name ...please help me continue to honour Shakir's young life. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring, kind offers from people and the community to assist in anyway they can ...Thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of his family & friends.

We are again close to our next targeted goal of $15,000 "doubling" our original goal of $7,500 ...Thank you, Thank You kind people of BC, local community, family, friends and local businesses for all your generosity during this difficult time.

I am not sure what our final donation amount will be but my hope is to make Shakir's Scholarship/grant be longstanding in his memory and help as many students as possible. Thank you all so much!


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Hello Everyone! Boy it's been a busy year for me and I am so sorry I have not posted an update. There was some delay getting the money out - some my schedule, some red tape, I am sorry it's taken so long.
So at this point GoFund Me requires an actual family member to be on this account. So just to make this easier, I am transferring this fund over to the family to look after...So they will now have access and be the funds caretakers.
It has been a pleasure being part of something so wonderful and truly awe inspiring- I thank you "all" for the amazing results of Shakars Go Fund Me account.
I have left it up to the family how they are going to disperse the funds, as I believe my roll is over and I personally do not have the time to do this all at this point due to several things that have come up for me.
Shakars maternal uncle & aunt will manage the funds.
Thank you Lisa for all your help! I couldn't have done this without your support & help!!
Take Care all !
Tammy
Thank you from the bottoms of my heart for your generousity !!
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Happy New Year Everyone!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season spending it with loved ones making wonderful memories.

Thank you for your patience! Lisa (Shakirs close family friend) & I have set up a Trust account at TD Canada Trust - Clayton Heights Branch.

This holiday season was busy for both Lisa & I, so we both decided to take the time to focus on our families , our health and work. Collectively we decided to resume work on Shakirs Memorials after the hectic season and that would allows us a more focused approach.

So now the work begins with the transfer of funds in process.
We will be sitting down shortly with Shakirs family to decide where the funds will be dispersed. I have earmarked $10,000 for Shakirs Scholarship and I have started writing out the draft of the scholarship.
The remaining money will be divided up
as projected going towards the burial plot, 3 charities chosen by the family and hopefully the water well, in Africa.
I will keep you all "in the loop" as things happen, as we could not have done this without 'all' your generosity.

God Bless,
Tammy
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Thank you for your help Wil, I will talk w/Shakir's maternal family and arrange an "estate" trust for him w/them...please have patience with this process ...I will ensure you ALL know where things are going as soon as I am able to get this all sorted. Thanks again for "all" your support & donations- Shakir's memory will live on...

I was wondering if anyone can help me with some financial/tax information.

I am trying to get this money transferred so I can disperse the funds to the various areas of tributes for Shakir. But I have ran into a bump in the road.

To open a trust fund and deposit the funds, I need to fill out a T5 form and claim the money as income under my name and the other trustees name. Which it is clearly NOT our money and I do not want to add to my income tax for money that is not mine and have to pay extra taxes, same goes for the other trustee. The bank officer did not know how to proceed. I need to call Revenue Canada on Monday - but I am hoping someone on here knows the answer before Monday?

Does anyone have any financial experience in how to proceed. My next option is just to deposit all the funds to one of Shakir's family members and then disperse it through them but then they could incur taxes and that would be sad too...I want this money to go to Shakir's tributes NOT to taxes!!

Thanks for your advice ...stay tuned!!
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I was wondering if anyone can help me with some financial/tax information.

I am trying to get this money transferred so I can disperse the funds to the various areas of tributes for Shakir. But I have ran into a bump in the road.

To open a trust fund and deposit the funds, I need to fill out a T5 form and claim the money as income under my name and the other trustees name. Which it is clearly NOT our money and I do not want to add to my income tax for money that is not mind and have to pay extra taxes, same goes for the other trustee. The bank officer dod not know how to proceed. I need to call Revenue Canada on Monday - but I am hoping someone on here knows the answer before Monday?

Does anyone have any financial experience in how to proceed. My next option is just to deposit all the funds to one of Shakir's family members and then disperse it through them but then they could incur taxes and that would be sad too...I want this money to go to Shakir's tributes NOT to taxes!!

Thanks for your advice ...stay tuned!!
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Dunia Pinnegar
32 months ago
9
9

Please rest assured that any money donated to this fund will be put in trust to honour the memory of this young man. I have complete trust in the organizer.

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Christina Michelle
32 months ago
9
9

Do not let personal issues Set back the good intentions of this page. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and our community at this difficult time.

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Sarah Watts
32 months ago
7
7

Let's not tarnish the memory of this young man by questioning the good intentions of this campaign. Tammy Larson is a well known member of the Clayton Heights/ Cloverdale community and is working closely with members of Shakir's family and close family friends. These funds will go towards a Rugby scholarship and grant in Shakir's memory, please read the update above. Sadly, death tends to bring out negative emotions in a lot of families and there seems to be a rift between certain family members in this case. I don't think it was ever anyone's intention to bring up these issues publicly and those family members who have issue with this campaign need to work that out privately.

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Kathy Constantine Moncalieri
32 months ago
5
5

The latest update explains the current situation.

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Carmen Back
32 months ago
5
5

As I heard about this tragedy my heart fell apart for the family I pray I never have to bury a child

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Andrea McKenzie
32 months ago
2
2

Has someone reported this campaign as it is not linked to the deceased or his family?

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Tarrina Somers Bishop
32 months ago
2
2

Tammy, Can you please clarify your intentions with this Gofundme page? Hello, this is Shakir's stepsister. I am sure Tammy has good intentions with this post, but I just want to make clear that our family is in no way collecting ANY of the proceeds from this GoFundMe page. Jacob's mother also spoke to Shakir's father this morning, where it was made clear that the funeral and all other expenses are taken care of already. Please do not mislead people to believe that we, the Salaam family, are in any way involved in this fundraiser. Thank you.

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Suky Khattra
32 months ago
1
1

My heart goes out to the family. Tammy, thank you for arranging this and giving the Clayton community a chance to share our thoughts and help out as well. To the doubters, whether you are a stepsister or do not know any of the parties involved, try to have some compassion and trust the community where Shakir made friends and went to school.

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Jen Lutar
32 months ago
1
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"Thank you for clarifying your intentions with this gofundme page. I do not live in the community nor do I know any of the parties involved in this tragedy". - Tarrina Somers Bishop Ok, so I am confused about this Tarrina woman .. she said she was his step sister in one post, then a few hours later, writes the above? That she does not know any of the parties involved in this tragedy? I'm starting to get bad vibes about this gofundme page

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Jeena Sandhu
32 months ago
1
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Thank you Tammy for clarifying the plan for the proceeds. Also thank you for taking the time to initiate a chance for me to connect with this family. I have never met this family but I feel pain, sadness, grief, and tears hence, this is the thread of love and light that connects us all as human beings if we choose to see the good in people. I feel grateful that this boys kind spirit will live on in the name of a scholarship and all the other good deeds that are planned .....Thanks Tammy! Prayers and love to the family....hoping they can concentrate on their grieving and less on the drama that was created earlier on this post....

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Tarrina Somers Bishop
32 months ago
1
1

Thank you for clarifying your intentions with this gofundme page. I do not live in the community nor do I know any of the parties involved in this tragedy.

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Susana Thompson
32 months ago
1
1

Please read Tarrina Somersall Bishop's comments. The family has taken care of all the funeral costs. In light of this information, do you plan on putting all the funds collected towards a Rugby Scholarship at Clayton Heights Secondary School?

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Anneke Christine Rotmeyer
32 months ago
1
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Im wondering why the funding goal changed in the last 24 hrs. My heart goes out to his friends and family. As the mother of two sons I can't imagine what they are going through. Peace be with you all.

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Aleisha Crampton
32 months ago
1
1

Please tell them about victim's assistance, they should be covered for counselling under the horrible circumstances. Praying for their family ♥

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Bcmea Jobs
32 months ago

This fund is legitimate. Thank you for setting it up. Please keep on being a positive influence during a hard time.

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Lina Karla Gordon
32 months ago

Please ignore the negative people and comments! This has really touched me. Shakir seems to be such a sweet young man that endured so much in his short life. Tears fill my eyes reading this. Just do your good deed Sir. I am sure his family and relatives appreciate it because the public sure does!

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Cindy Zorn
31 months ago

BTW if the family is not collecting this on behalf of their son it is very simple to connect to Go Fund Me. What a disgrace in any event that a young man's life is the centre of all of this. Again shame to you all that contributed to the negativity.

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Cindy Zorn
31 months ago

So very very sad for this family's loss. My thoughts are truly with you during tragic time. OMG you friggin people. What the he'll is wrong with you? Leave this person alone. Someone does a beautiful thing for the family and you losers pick it apart. Shame on you all. God forbid it was you in their shoes. You stink. You are terrible! Sir please let me know if you do not get any assistance with youbtax questions. I think I may know someone who can help.

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Wil Vilim Kinkela
31 months ago

Contact an accountant for tax advice or transfer the funds to his estate acct

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Dean Swanton
32 months ago

I have checked this page often over the past couple of days and I am so impressed with the increasing total of donations. What a wonderful response by the community and everywhere for that matter. This is the saddest story I have heard in my 25 years of living in this community. I am sure the money being raised is going to be used in a wonderful way to preserve the memory of this young man.

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HS
$50
Harminder sooch
29 months ago
SD
$100
Sumeet Dhoat
32 months ago
$100
Anonymous
32 months ago
RR
$25
Rita Reddy
32 months ago
DF
$50
Douglas Family
32 months ago

Rest in peace baba. Taken too soon

$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
1
1
$20
Anonymous
32 months ago
BP
$50
Baljit Pooni
32 months ago

I taught Shakir when he was in grade 5. Such a tragic ending to a resilient spirit. God bless.

$20
Anonymous
32 months ago
$10
Anonymous
32 months ago
Dunia Pinnegar
32 months ago
9
9

Please rest assured that any money donated to this fund will be put in trust to honour the memory of this young man. I have complete trust in the organizer.

+ Read More
Christina Michelle
32 months ago
9
9

Do not let personal issues Set back the good intentions of this page. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and our community at this difficult time.

+ Read More
Sarah Watts
32 months ago
7
7

Let's not tarnish the memory of this young man by questioning the good intentions of this campaign. Tammy Larson is a well known member of the Clayton Heights/ Cloverdale community and is working closely with members of Shakir's family and close family friends. These funds will go towards a Rugby scholarship and grant in Shakir's memory, please read the update above. Sadly, death tends to bring out negative emotions in a lot of families and there seems to be a rift between certain family members in this case. I don't think it was ever anyone's intention to bring up these issues publicly and those family members who have issue with this campaign need to work that out privately.

+ Read More
Kathy Constantine Moncalieri
32 months ago
5
5

The latest update explains the current situation.

+ Read More
Carmen Back
32 months ago
5
5

As I heard about this tragedy my heart fell apart for the family I pray I never have to bury a child

+ Read More
Andrea McKenzie
32 months ago
2
2

Has someone reported this campaign as it is not linked to the deceased or his family?

+ Read More
Tarrina Somers Bishop
32 months ago
2
2

Tammy, Can you please clarify your intentions with this Gofundme page? Hello, this is Shakir's stepsister. I am sure Tammy has good intentions with this post, but I just want to make clear that our family is in no way collecting ANY of the proceeds from this GoFundMe page. Jacob's mother also spoke to Shakir's father this morning, where it was made clear that the funeral and all other expenses are taken care of already. Please do not mislead people to believe that we, the Salaam family, are in any way involved in this fundraiser. Thank you.

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Suky Khattra
32 months ago
1
1

My heart goes out to the family. Tammy, thank you for arranging this and giving the Clayton community a chance to share our thoughts and help out as well. To the doubters, whether you are a stepsister or do not know any of the parties involved, try to have some compassion and trust the community where Shakir made friends and went to school.

+ Read More
Jen Lutar
32 months ago
1
1

"Thank you for clarifying your intentions with this gofundme page. I do not live in the community nor do I know any of the parties involved in this tragedy". - Tarrina Somers Bishop Ok, so I am confused about this Tarrina woman .. she said she was his step sister in one post, then a few hours later, writes the above? That she does not know any of the parties involved in this tragedy? I'm starting to get bad vibes about this gofundme page

+ Read More
Jeena Sandhu
32 months ago
1
1

Thank you Tammy for clarifying the plan for the proceeds. Also thank you for taking the time to initiate a chance for me to connect with this family. I have never met this family but I feel pain, sadness, grief, and tears hence, this is the thread of love and light that connects us all as human beings if we choose to see the good in people. I feel grateful that this boys kind spirit will live on in the name of a scholarship and all the other good deeds that are planned .....Thanks Tammy! Prayers and love to the family....hoping they can concentrate on their grieving and less on the drama that was created earlier on this post....

+ Read More
Tarrina Somers Bishop
32 months ago
1
1

Thank you for clarifying your intentions with this gofundme page. I do not live in the community nor do I know any of the parties involved in this tragedy.

+ Read More
Susana Thompson
32 months ago
1
1

Please read Tarrina Somersall Bishop's comments. The family has taken care of all the funeral costs. In light of this information, do you plan on putting all the funds collected towards a Rugby Scholarship at Clayton Heights Secondary School?

+ Read More
Anneke Christine Rotmeyer
32 months ago
1
1

Im wondering why the funding goal changed in the last 24 hrs. My heart goes out to his friends and family. As the mother of two sons I can't imagine what they are going through. Peace be with you all.

+ Read More
Aleisha Crampton
32 months ago
1
1

Please tell them about victim's assistance, they should be covered for counselling under the horrible circumstances. Praying for their family ♥

+ Read More
Bcmea Jobs
32 months ago

This fund is legitimate. Thank you for setting it up. Please keep on being a positive influence during a hard time.

+ Read More
Lina Karla Gordon
32 months ago

Please ignore the negative people and comments! This has really touched me. Shakir seems to be such a sweet young man that endured so much in his short life. Tears fill my eyes reading this. Just do your good deed Sir. I am sure his family and relatives appreciate it because the public sure does!

+ Read More
Cindy Zorn
31 months ago

BTW if the family is not collecting this on behalf of their son it is very simple to connect to Go Fund Me. What a disgrace in any event that a young man's life is the centre of all of this. Again shame to you all that contributed to the negativity.

+ Read More
Cindy Zorn
31 months ago

So very very sad for this family's loss. My thoughts are truly with you during tragic time. OMG you friggin people. What the he'll is wrong with you? Leave this person alone. Someone does a beautiful thing for the family and you losers pick it apart. Shame on you all. God forbid it was you in their shoes. You stink. You are terrible! Sir please let me know if you do not get any assistance with youbtax questions. I think I may know someone who can help.

+ Read More
Wil Vilim Kinkela
31 months ago

Contact an accountant for tax advice or transfer the funds to his estate acct

+ Read More
Dean Swanton
32 months ago

I have checked this page often over the past couple of days and I am so impressed with the increasing total of donations. What a wonderful response by the community and everywhere for that matter. This is the saddest story I have heard in my 25 years of living in this community. I am sure the money being raised is going to be used in a wonderful way to preserve the memory of this young man.

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