By Tom Leach
GoFundMe removed a page after police reports linked the Ohio Army sergeant who shot and killed an armed protester to the page set up to support the family of fallen Navy SEAL veteran Amy Purdy, who contracted meningitis. The page has since been reinstated.
Sgt. Michael Roark, the shooter of 25-year-old Black Lives Matter activist Samuel Dubose and a former high school football player, had set up the page in November. He had only received a few hundred dollars before his girlfriend said he wanted to buy the gun needed to shoot the protester. Roark’s girlfriend, Madison Lovell, wrote on the page that Roark would donate his money to Purdy’s family. She added that the money would not help with her bills because Roark had resigned from the Navy.
The page generated enough money to help Dubose’s family pay for medical expenses, but it sparked outrage from liberals who saw it as a “victim’s compensation fund” by helping the family of a man who, while black, was killed by a white man.
“If I’m ever convicted and convicted for making this page – it’s a travesty because no charges were ever brought to bear for the shooter, so they have some form of immunity,” Lovell wrote in a blog post at the time.