A fundraiser aimed at helping the family of a local football coach who died unexpectedly has not only met its goal, but far exceeded it.
Tyrell Barze, better known as "Coach Barze," passed away on Sunday, March 21, leaving behind a wife and four young children. He was the head coach of boys' Track and Field at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul, a 6-12 school that specializes in science, mathematics and technology.
According to the GoFundMe launched on behalf of his family, Barze was "a very special person to so many youth and his community":
He loved and cared deeply for everyone around him whether it was his family, friends, football team, or youth in community. He never held back to be there if you needed him. Family was of the utmost importance to him; they were his motivation for how he conducted business and carried himself at all times. If you knew Tyrell, then you would know how much he loved him some football. He was either coaching the youth, coaching in the schools, or coaching his own boys in football.
The GoFundMe was launched on Friday with a goal of raising $15,000 to help Barze's wife and kids as they deal with the financial burden of his passing and begin to carve out "new way of life without their dad."
But by the next morning, it had raised nearly $25,000, almost 10 grand beyond the original goal.
Barze's cause of death is not clear, though the GoFundMe says it was "sudden and very unexpected."
His children range in age from seven months to 10 years old. You can check out the GoFundMe right here.