Madasani / Kuchibhotla Relief Fund
$92,740 of $100,000 goal
My name is Brian Ford and I live in Shawnee, KS. (About 15 minutes from the location of the shooting at Austins bar and grill in Olathe, KS.)
I am not related to either victim, but have a close friend who works at Garmin, where Srinivas and Alok both worked. I was motivated to start this page the morning after the shooting because I couldn't find a way to donate to the two men who were targeted. (A third victim was shot when he stepped in to help - his sister had already set up a funding page for his medical care.)
Any raised funds are expected to be used for medical and funeral expenses, as needed.
I have been in touch with a member of the victim's family as well as a Human Resources manager at Garmin. As a result, I have added the family members as beneficiaries to the funds which means they will now have sole access to the money once the funding period is completed.
Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both employees at Garmin, were enjoying their evening at a local sports bar in Olathe, KS when they were confronted with racist, bigoted remarks and ultimately shot as part of what appears to have been a vicious hate crime.
Sadly, Kuchibhotla was fatally wounded and Madasani was critically injured.
Madasani will likely face extensive medical bills and the family of Kuchibhotla will now have to deal with the death of their beloved son, both financially and emotionally.
Let's send a message that we will support those who are targeted -- and stand against all who wish to spread hate -- by raising funds to help the victims of this horrendous act of senseless violence.
Kansas City Star article on the shooting.
Wanted to provide a quick update. First of all thank you once again for all the support and prayers our families have received during this tough time, appreciate it a lot.
Distributions related to Srinu from this campaign are being directly deposited into Sunayana's account and is being taken care by GoFundMe directly.
Thank you once again for all the support, have a blessed day.
Thank you for all the support for Srinivas, Ian and myself. I am definitely overwhelmed by the love and prayers from the community.
I want to thank Eric for setting this fund and taking care of us during these tough times.
I know many of you are still looking to support us but I would like to close this campaign. I am working with GoFundMe to close the campaigns related to me. I will make sure to distribute the proceeds from this campaign to my friend Srinivas's family as soon as possible.
Srinivas and Ian still have separate campaigns where you can continue to show the love and support.
Again, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless all for showing what true humanity is about.
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He will now be able to withdraw the funds directly, at which point he can work with Srinivas's family to determine how they would like to divide the money that has been raised.
This will likely be the last update I post so, on behalf of both Alok and Srinivas's family, I would like to say thank you so much for all your kind words and generosity!
I've been pointed to a relief fund that is specifically for Alok:
If you would like to donate and be sure that your entire donation will go to Alok, that's your best bet.
Over the next few days I will be working with the family friend of Srinivas' to figure out how best to allocate the funds raised here.
As I'm sure everyone can understand, the last few days have been incredibly difficult for everyone affected by the shooting and I am trying to be as sensitive as possible and allow the families time to deal with far more pressing issues before making decisions about these funds.
This fund is being redirected to Kavipriya muthuramalingam who is running a fundraiser for the decased Srinivas Kuchibhotla. We need a fund raiser for Alok Madasani too. The title of this fundraiser says "madasani-kuchibhotla-relief-fund", that means funds collected as part of this should go to both the victims and not just Kuchibhotla family.
I would donate to this page, but I would like to know why there are two pages for Kuchibhotla? I would like to donate to Alok's medical fund directly---- as the page for Kuchibhotla has raised a substantial amount of money and they have almost reached their goal.
I strongly feel that this should go to Alok Madasani only, due to the fact that the deceased's Srinivas Kuchibhotla, account has already over $473,000 in it. I'm sure nobody would be offended to give this money to the surviving victim of this horrible tragedy. The other victim, Ian Gilhot, that jumped in to assist these gentlemen has an account already with over $275,000 for him. I feel that Mr. Madasani needs and deserves to have equal support.
I am very impressed by Ian Grillot who stood up to protect these two young men from a freak. Why is the goal for Ian set for 50 K ? Why not set the same amounts for everyone? Seems strange. Please change the amount for more substantial. I know medical billing in the USA is brutal