TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A controversial website set up through the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is calling for compassion over anger by raising money for Jared Padgett, the Reynolds High School student who shot another boy and took his own life Tuesday.
Amy Evans, who graduated from Reynolds High School in 2009, was in the same grade as Daniela Makowski, the woman who set up a GoFundMe for 14-year-old victim Emilio Hoffman’s funeral expenses, and Padgett’s older brother.
Out of feelings for the Padgett family, Evans set up an account to raise money for Jared’s funeral expenses. The page has raised more than $1,500 in three hours, including one anonymous donation for $100.
“This is really the only positive way to respond to something so overwhelmingly negative,” said Evans, who lives in Vancouver, Canada. “You feel pretty helpless.”
Evans said it would be the norm to turn Padgett into “some kind of demon.”
“These are people, not demons,” she said. “They’re people who are really hurting.”
We acknowledge that huge amounts of terror, anger, and even hatred can come from a tragedy like yesterday’s. But given the choice, we would rather respond with compassion than with more hatred, the page reads.
Evans said she has received several negative messages for setting up the site, but chooses to delete them.
“If you don’t want to donate, don’t,” she said.