Sunny Patel Funeral and Family Fund

$37,319 of $10k goal

Raised by 1,073 people in 5 months
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Erin Setzer
on behalf of Binta Patel
 CLEVELAND, OH

Update: Binta Patel, wife of the owner of the Mr. Hero and Sunny's aunt, will be the family liaison and designated beneficiary for handling the funds. ~

On Friday, October 14, just after 8 p.m., 15-year-old Sunny Patel was murdered by an armed robber while helping his aunt and uncle at the Mr. Hero sandwich shop that they own on South Taylor Road. He was not an employee but a dutiful nephew working hard to help his family succeed. The criminal shot Sunny in the head and he passed away from his injuries just hours later. He is the only son to Ravi and Mrs. Patel of Highland Heights and a sophomore at Mayfield Heights High School. While a suspect has been apprehended in connection with this unthinkable crime, it will not return this young man to his loving family or undue the damage to the fabric of this community.

Let's take this opportunity to extend some love, compassion and assistance to the Patel family in this time of their greatest need. Let's show them that Cleveland Heights is full of honest and caring people that will not be undone by the violence of one horrible and broken man. 

Please join me in raising up this family and community by helping the Patels with their funeral expenses. The initial goal is $10,000, which is the average cost of a funeral and no small amount for any family today. At the very least, we can remove this burden from their shoulders so that they may focus on their own family in this time of profound grief.

As a member of the Cleveland Heights community and a mom to two young boys, I think it is so important for us to take this moment and reflect about how to move forward as a community. Rather than wallowing in anger, hatred and divisiveness let us become proactive. Reach out to your neighbors, near and far, and lend whatever help and love they may need. Strong neighbors make strong communities and if you don't know the people living around you, let this become the day that you do.

Let's extend our neighborly love to the Patel family as well, for as business owners they are an important piece of this community puzzle. Any amount of money that you can donate is helpful, whether it's $5, $50, $500 or $5000, and I truly believe that it is not just the amount of money that is raised but the number of people that donate that's just as important to show support from the entire Heights community - Cleveland, University, Shaker, and beyond.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will be moved to donate today.

Sincerely,
Erin Setzer

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Update 3
Posted by Erin Setzer
5 months ago
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Hello to everyone who has supported the Patel fund! The campaign is being officially closed today as you have all nearly quadrupled the goal in memory of Sunny. Thank you so very much for your outpouring of love and support for the Patel family. Our lives are built one relationship at a time and all of you have taken a moment to reach out your hand in support of a neighbor in need. For that, I thank you so very much! I was worried when I set up the campaign that we would never reach the goal - I will never doubt what can be accomplished by this community again! THANK YOU!
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Update 2
Posted by Erin Setzer
5 months ago
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You all amaze me. In my wildest dreams I never could have imagined that we would raise this much money and do so this quickly. When I set the goal of 10k, I thought it was a reach but that maybe, if we pulled together, we could get close to it. Just goes to show the power of community and caring. When the campaign started, I tried to thank everyone individually but I could not keep up! So to everyone who has donated, thank you.

I have finally spoken with Sunny's aunt, Binta, and she will be the liaison for the family with GoFundMe. In a beautiful act of selflessness, they have chosen to donate the funds to several organizations that were close to Sunny's heart. As she said, it is what he would have done with the money. It just goes to show what an amazing young man he was.

Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for all of your generosity.
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Update 1
Posted by Erin Setzer
5 months ago
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Wow!! I am so proud to be a member of this community! Together we have raised nearly 14k, well over the original goal. Keep up the wonderful work!! I am in contact with the family and will have someone set up as a beneficiary soon so that they can begin withdrawing the funds. Thank you again!
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Cullen Patel
5 months ago

We would like to thank all of you for the incredible support you have provided. It truely means a lot and reminds us that despite what has happened, there is a lot of good in the world. I have have spoken to my aunt and uncle and they have decided that we will be giving all the raised money away. We will think hard about who Sunny would donate to and give to those charities and organizations.

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Stacy Wallette
5 months ago
4
4

I do not have money on my debit card at this Time. However, I Had my father take $40 out of my other account anf giving it directly to the Patel Family. My Heart Aches For Sunny's Family and Friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Sunny and He was Such a Sweet, Polite Kid, with the Best Smile and Oh So Funny. He had a great sense of humor and the few times I met him he always made me laugh. Such a fun, Cool Kid. He will be missed By Many

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Eleksis Soleil Johnson
5 months ago
4
4

I wish I could donate but I have nothing to give but many prayers and thoughts of comfort and love to the family. I'm sorry this horrendous tragedy had to happen to you and your dear son. Much love and well wishes. ♥

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Michelle Amaddio Davis
5 months ago
3
3

Prayers are with the family!

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Laura Penland
5 months ago
1
1

Could you please send me an address, so I can send a cash donation. Thank you. Praying for the family! So sorry for your loss!

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Hanane Hamada
5 months ago
1
1

My heart hurts for your family...I am praying for you and sending my love and condolences

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Paula Phillips
5 months ago

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Cullen Patel
3 months ago

We have given $20,000 to the police and fire department. The police literally put their own lives on the line and while we will never be able to fully repay them for their bravery and dedication, we hope this helps them continue to serve courageously. The fire department is also made up of a very underappreciated group of people. They put their lives and we'll being on the line running towards danger while the rest of us run away from it. These departments are made up of volunteers or underpaid individuals who exemplify what it means to be heros. Thank you guys for all that you did and continue to do to this day! http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2016/12/cleveland_heights_receives_200_1.html

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Donna Candela
5 months ago

i am so sorry for your loss r.i.p sweet sweet angel

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Al Breeck
5 months ago

The mention by the Mr. Hero FB page says he was an employee. If he really was an employee surely the company will pay something?

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Ashka Joshi
5 months ago

I m just so speechless and have no words for loss to family.. I cant imagine parents and family loss. I dont know this child but, I will do sure do some Reiki healing to his family. Because I dont have words. Rest in peace kind and adorable Sunny.. may god keep you in his arm.. hearty condolences to Patel family..ll pray..cant type..:(((

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Renee Psiakis
5 months ago

To the Patel family, you might consider a named scholarship at Sunny's school. The scholarship could be given each year to a deserving student, you can set the criteria.

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Vincent Paul
5 months ago

My thought's & prayers are with Sunny's friend's & family during this difficult time.

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Jan Cox
5 months ago

praying for the family and friends...

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$37,319 of $10k goal

Raised by 1,073 people in 5 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
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Created October 17, 2016
Erin Setzer  
on behalf of Binta Patel
KB
$25
Kavya Bondalapati
5 months ago
SA
$50
Swati A
5 months ago
RR
$20
Robert & Marlene Rink
5 months ago

What can we say other than we are so sorry for your loss. And may forgiveness and love reign supreme in the end.

CM
$10
Cindy Marx
5 months ago

So sorry for your loss.

GW
$10
Garie Waltzer
5 months ago

from one neighbor to another- my heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss.

$10
Anonymous
5 months ago
LC
$20
Lauren Cupkovic
5 months ago
BS
$51
Barb & Steve Suhy
5 months ago

Sunny will be greatly missed. He was like our grandson; practicing his basketball hoops next door. Our heart goes out to your loving family.

SV
$25
Srinivas V
5 months ago
$10
Anonymous
5 months ago
Cullen Patel
5 months ago

We would like to thank all of you for the incredible support you have provided. It truely means a lot and reminds us that despite what has happened, there is a lot of good in the world. I have have spoken to my aunt and uncle and they have decided that we will be giving all the raised money away. We will think hard about who Sunny would donate to and give to those charities and organizations.

+ Read More
Stacy Wallette
5 months ago
4
4

I do not have money on my debit card at this Time. However, I Had my father take $40 out of my other account anf giving it directly to the Patel Family. My Heart Aches For Sunny's Family and Friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Sunny and He was Such a Sweet, Polite Kid, with the Best Smile and Oh So Funny. He had a great sense of humor and the few times I met him he always made me laugh. Such a fun, Cool Kid. He will be missed By Many

+ Read More
Eleksis Soleil Johnson
5 months ago
4
4

I wish I could donate but I have nothing to give but many prayers and thoughts of comfort and love to the family. I'm sorry this horrendous tragedy had to happen to you and your dear son. Much love and well wishes. ♥

+ Read More
Michelle Amaddio Davis
5 months ago
3
3

Prayers are with the family!

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Laura Penland
5 months ago
1
1

Could you please send me an address, so I can send a cash donation. Thank you. Praying for the family! So sorry for your loss!

+ Read More
Hanane Hamada
5 months ago
1
1

My heart hurts for your family...I am praying for you and sending my love and condolences

+ Read More
Paula Phillips
5 months ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web:: ╚═►╚═► ╚═►╚═► ╚═► ╚═►╚═►WWW.Buzzjob40.C­O­M

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Cullen Patel
3 months ago

We have given $20,000 to the police and fire department. The police literally put their own lives on the line and while we will never be able to fully repay them for their bravery and dedication, we hope this helps them continue to serve courageously. The fire department is also made up of a very underappreciated group of people. They put their lives and we'll being on the line running towards danger while the rest of us run away from it. These departments are made up of volunteers or underpaid individuals who exemplify what it means to be heros. Thank you guys for all that you did and continue to do to this day! http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2016/12/cleveland_heights_receives_200_1.html

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Donna Candela
5 months ago

i am so sorry for your loss r.i.p sweet sweet angel

+ Read More
Al Breeck
5 months ago

The mention by the Mr. Hero FB page says he was an employee. If he really was an employee surely the company will pay something?

+ Read More
Ashka Joshi
5 months ago

I m just so speechless and have no words for loss to family.. I cant imagine parents and family loss. I dont know this child but, I will do sure do some Reiki healing to his family. Because I dont have words. Rest in peace kind and adorable Sunny.. may god keep you in his arm.. hearty condolences to Patel family..ll pray..cant type..:(((

+ Read More
Renee Psiakis
5 months ago

To the Patel family, you might consider a named scholarship at Sunny's school. The scholarship could be given each year to a deserving student, you can set the criteria.

+ Read More
Vincent Paul
5 months ago

My thought's & prayers are with Sunny's friend's & family during this difficult time.

+ Read More
Jan Cox
5 months ago

praying for the family and friends...

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