Donations Pour In for Seal Beach Victims

The support from the community for the victims of the Seal Beach shooting has been "fantastic", according to city leaders.

By Hetty Chang
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 3:10 PM PDT
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Aidan Smith, 5, walks to place flowers in front of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach where eight people were killed in a shooting rampage last week.

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At least $83,000 has been collected to help the families of the victims in a salon mass shooting that left eight people dead and shook a quiet seaside community to its core, according to a city spokesman Wednesday.

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The donation total is from the “Seal Beach Victims’ Fund,” an account established by city leaders, and does not yet include money from other fundraising efforts, like the Salon Meritage Memorial Fund, a separate account which was established by family members and friends of Randy Fannin, the salon owner who was among those killed.

The money from that memorial fund will be transferred to the city’s victims’ fund this week, all of which will be given to the families of the victims, according to Mark Perisco, a city spokesperson.

The donations are a testament to the community, Perisco said.

“I think in terms of early response, it’s been fantastic,” said Perisco. “We didn’t have an amount in mind at first, but I think it’s safe to say the community has shown an outpouring of support.”

The $83,000 includes $25,000 matched by Vons-Safeway, which held its own fundraiser at two different store locations the weekend after the shooting.

City leaders last week had warned about scammers who may be using this tragedy to benefit themselves.

“We heard rumors of someone walking down Main Street saying they were the family of the victims,” said Perisco. “But we were never able to confirm that.”

Donations to the “Seal Beach Victims’ Fund” can be made through the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce website or mailed or delivered in person to its office, or at the Bank of America on 208 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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