The GoFundMe page for George Floyd — a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died last week in Minneapolis after his neck was pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee — has set a record.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the crowdfunding platform told TMZ that the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund — set up and run by Adner Marcelin of Ben Crump Law — has received the highest number of individual donations for a GoFundMe page.
As of Friday afternoon, nearly 500,000 donors had given to the memorial, which was established to help Floyd’s family with costs such as funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and other forms of assistance. It has raised over $13 million.
A portion of the funds will also go to Floyd’s estate to care for his children and to provide for their education.
Earlier this week, Floyd Mayweather reached out to Floyd’s family and offered to pay for all funeral costs.
On Thursday, a representative for Kanye West said the rapper has set up a college fund to cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna.
West has also donated $2 million thus far to charities associated with Floyd, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, who was fatally shot in February while jogging in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in March by authorities who had entered her apartment.
West has also pledged to cover legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families.
Earlier this week, the three other officers involved in Floyd’s death — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng — were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter.
Chauvin — who was previously charged last Friday with third degree murder and manslaughter — also faces a charge of second degree murder.