A family acquaintance of a Green Beret soldier killed in Afghanistan over the weekend created a GoFundMe donation page, hoping to raise $15,000 for the fallen soldier’s family.
To date, it has raised over $200,000, reports Fox News.
Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar was killed on April 8th in a firefight with ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan. His death played a role in the US military’s decision to drop the ‘mother of all bombs’ on an ISIS complex in the region, killing 36 terrorists and severely damaging their infrastructure.
The woman who created the website, Nikki Damron, is a close family friend of De Alencar, who leaves behind a wife and five children.
"Mark was recently killed in combat during his teams rotation in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a loving wife who now has the task of raising their 5 kids on her own. The youngest being 3 and the oldest being 17 if I recall correctly. This will be a very rough task on both his wife and the older of the kids who will be forced to take a larger role in supporting their younger siblings," she wrote.
As of Friday, the page has raised $200,915 of its original $15,000 goal with donations by 2,743 people in just 2 days.