In Memory of Ariel McGinnis

$14,110 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 159 people in 1 month
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If there’s anything we can say about Ariel (AJ), it’s that he was loved. A passionate, considerate and loving young man; he was a good friend, and an amazing brother and son. He was in the process of starting a personal training business, helping to teach other young men how to fight using mixed martial arts techniques. He had just moved back home to start saving money and spending more time with his parents, and was actively training for his first official MMA fight. 

Ariel left on Monday morning (April 15, 2019) to go for his morning run and was hit by a vehicle and killed. He was unnecessarily taken from this world and from those who love him, in the prime of his life. Even so, we know he is resting in peace with his younger brother Jonathan and enjoying the sweet presence of his Savior. We are trying to find solace in that, but we are in shock and feel a deep devastation as a family. 

At this time we are not quite sure how to process everything, but we know we have to make arrangements for a funeral. If you knew Ariel and if he made an impact in your life, feel free to give. If you are not able to give financially, we would love for you to write and share your memories of him in the comments below. 

We love you, Ariel, and we will always keep you in our hearts. 

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I can’t even begin to thank every single person individually. Some people we have never even met, who were moved hearing about Ariel’s life, gave money. People we haven’t heard from in years, and unsuspecting friends, and people who probably couldn’t afford to give gave money. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

We were able to pay the funeral expenses in full, and help relatives get to and from the funeral, all thanks to those who gave.

Thank you, as well, to every single person who gave their time and love over the past week or so; those who checked in on us and brought us meals, and those who donated food for the reception. I can’t even begin to say how thankful I am for the outpouring of love. Those who came to our house and sat with us and hugged us as we cried. Those who distracted us when we needed it. Those who messaged us with loving words of affirmation - we are truly thankful for each and everyone of you. ❤️❤️❤️
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

10:00 AM Graveside Service at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home
700 Timberlane Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32312

11:00 AM Celebration of Ariel’s Life and Reception at Advent Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
815 Piedmont Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Refreshments at reception.
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We met with the funeral director today and determined the costs will be close to $13,000. We have updated the GoFundMe to reflect that. We are so thankful for everyone who has given. We were able to raise $8,000 in less than 24 hours. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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