Website Collects Money for Brendon Mackey’s Funeral

brendon mackeyMost everyone has heard about the tragic death of little 7-year old Brendon Mackey. Brendon died after being hit by a stray bullet in a parking lot before a fireworks show in Brandermill. Everyone is shocked and enraged by such senseless behavior of an unknown person.

Catherine Hopkins of Amelia County has taken steps to help the family, and now we can help too. She has set up a fund to cover funeral expenses for Brendon. She has already raised quite a bit of money, but donations are still being accepted over the next couple of days. ALL of the money goes directly to the family. (You can read more about her story in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch in section/page B2).

The website she set up explains:

Brendon Mackey was critically injured in the Boathouse parking lot on the way to watch Fireworks in Brandermill in Chesterfield County on Thursday July 4th. A stray bullet that came from an unknown origin struck the seven year old in the head. He was immediately taken to VCU Medical Center. Sadly, he passed away today. I have started this fund to help a family in need. Please consider helping them in any amount you can. Fireworks on the Swift Creek Reservoir have been a tradition for so many families in the area for so many years. It has always been a safe place to go as a family. Try and imagine what this family is going through and how completely unexpected all of this is. All funds raised will be given to the family to offset funeral costs…which no family expects to have to face after a simple night of making family memories. God bless you all and I hope you will help this family, even if it is just your lunch money. Please pass this on and let’s see if we can’t take the expense away completely for them.

Richmond moms and dads, along with grandparents, singles, and others, are all deeply saddened by this loss of such a young child. But now we can do something to let the family know we are thinking of them. Whether it’s a $5 donation, or a $500 donation, the amount doesn’t matter. It’s reaching out as concerned parents and individuals who care that means the most.


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