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Victor McElhaney Memorial Fund

$88,190 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 646 people in 4 months
Created March 11, 2019
Thank you to our beloved extended family for this outpouring of love and generosity. Your love for Victor is a great source of pride and comfort.

Please know that money raised above the goal will go toward continuing Victor's musical and anti-violence legacy in Oakland.

- Clarence and Lynette McElhaney

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Donations are being collected here in honor of Victor McElhaney, age 21, who was tragically killed in an apparent robbery attempt at a convenience store near the USC campus.

Victor was an extraordinarily talented drummer and "a bright light", said USC jazz professor Peter Erskine. USC music school dean Robert Cutietta said in a statement, "He enjoyed mentoring young musicians and had a long-standing commitment to community service." And in a letter to students and faculty, USC interim President Wanda Austin wrote that McElhaney "believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal, and to bring hope."

"He didn't think about himself," said Oakland Councilman Larry Reid. "He thought about others. He was just an all-around great young man."

This campaign has been created at the request of Victor's family and it is the only authorized campaign.

Funds will be used to assist the McElhaney Family and for a Love Life Memorial concert in Honor of Victor McElhaney and families of victims of gun violence.

Following is a statement from his mother, Lynette McElhaney:

"It is with the utmost sadness that I share with you the tragic news that my son, Victor McElhaney, was slain last night in a senseless act of violence. Victor was a 21-year old senior at USC Thornton School of Music, where he was pursuing his lifelong love of music with some of the greats. Victor was a son of Oakland. He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland. I miss my baby. Please keep me, my family, and all of my son's friends in your thoughts and prayers. We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence...And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy."

Funds will be administered by Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), an East Bay not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to ending mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence ( www.self-sufficiency.org).


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Thank you to our beloved extended family for this outpouring of love and generosity. Your love for Victor is a great source of pride and comfort.

Please know that money raised above the goal will go toward continuing Victor's musical and anti-violence legacy in Oakland.

Clarence and Lynette McElhaney
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Raised by 646 people in 4 months
Created March 11, 2019
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