An online fundraiser for the family of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center police officer on Sunday, April 11, has so far raised more than a quarter of a million dollars.
As of this writing, the campaign has generated more than $258,000. It was launched by Kelly Bryant, who identifies herself as Wright's aunt. She started the fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses for Wright's mother and father, Katie and Aubrey Wright, and to help with future expenses for Wright's 2-year-old child.
"Please donate to give Daunte the proper burial he deserves and to help his son and son's mother Chyna. And if you can't support us financially, please send lots of prayers for our family to get through this tragic loss," Bryant wrote.
Wright was pronounced dead at 2:17 p.m. Sunday in a residential area of Brooklyn Center. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The fatal shot was fired by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Brooklyn Center PD Chief Tim Gannon suggested Monday that Potter unintentionally shot Wright when she grabbed her gun instead of her Taser, with Gannon speculating that it was an "accidental discharge."
Wright was pulled over for what police say was an expired license tabs violation. During the traffic stop, officers learned of an outstanding warrant for Wright, who got back into his car as an officer attempted to arrest him. The struggle lasted only seconds before ending when Potter fired her gun. Wright was able to drive a few blocks before crashing near 63rd Avenue North and Kathrene Drive.
Other GoFundMe campaigns have been launched to help deal fallout from the tragedy.
Note: The GoFundMe for Wright's family incorrectly says Wright was fatally shot by Minneapolis police. Minneapolis police were not involved in the traffic stop.