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US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue victims
[WASHINGTON] A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised almost US$80,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.
The campaign on LaunchGood reached its initial goal of US$25,000 within six hours, its second goal of US50,000 after a day, and is now targeting US$100,000.
It was organised by CelebrateMercy and MPower Change, Muslim-American non-profits.
"We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action," the groups said in a statement.
Fundraising proceeds will go toward meeting the short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families, including funeral expenses and medical bills.
"Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America," the groups said. "We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event."