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More than $1 million raised for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Eva Bugarija, 7, of Point Breeze listens to singing during a candlelight vigil at Murray Avenue and Forbes Avenue in the heart of Squirrel Hill after 11 people were shot and killed at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill earlier in the day, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Fundraisers for the victims and their families of the deadly Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting have eclipsed $1 million.

There are several ways for people to show their support.

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe announced that all money raised by its verified campaign “will directly go” to the Tree of Life Congregation.

The campaign has raised more than $815,000. Its goal is to raise $1 million.

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is encouraging people to donate to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s “Our Victims of Terror Fund” at or by texting JFPGH to 71777. People can also visit .

Nearly $42,000 had been raised by Tuesday morning. The United Way will match donations up to $100,000. All the donations will go toward psychological services, support for families, additional security throughout the community, medical bills for all those involved, counseling and other services that may be needed.

The Muslim community is raising money through an online campaign at LaunchGood to help with immediate expenses including funeral costs and medical bills. It has raised nearly $185,000 by Tuesday morning.

Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, said during a vigil Sunday night that an online fundraiser was collecting donations from Muslims for the Tree of Life and the victims’ families.

“We’re not going to stop,” Mohamed said during the vigil, noting the support Muslims in Pittsburgh received from the Jewish community following 9/11 and the presidential election. “We’re just repaying the favor.”

A GoFundMe campaign for injured police officer Tim Matson had raised nearly $50,000 by Tuesday morning. Matson, a Pittsburgh police officer, was one of the first officers to arrive at the synagogue.

Brian McDermott and Nate Meyers have designed Squirrel Hill Strong T-shirts that the pair are selling online to raise money for the New Light Congregation, one of the three that met inside Tree of Life. McDermott lives in Aspinwall but grew up in Squirrel Hill. Daniel Stein, the father of one of his best friends since childhood, was among those killed Saturday.

The shirts are $25.

Donations to HIAS, a Jewish organization that helps refugees worldwide can be made online . HIAS was a target of hate and vitriol by the man charged with killing 11 at the synagogue.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host a collection prior to Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena, where donations can be made at each of the arena’s three gates to benefit victims and families affected by the shooting.

The Penguins also hosted a blood drive Monday at PPG Paints Arena.

The team canceled its Halloween-themed events that were planned for the game and will hold a moment of silence to honor the victims prior to the game.

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