Christian Crowdfunding Site Raises Over $364,000 For Alleged Kenosha Shooter
The Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo had raised nearly $327,000 for alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse by Tuesday afternoon, according to Forbes.
By Wednesday afternoon, the total had climbed to $364,274, far surpassing its initial $200,000 goal. The campaign is now pushing for $500,000 to help fund Rittenhouse’s legal defense.
- As Forbes noted, “Rittenhouse, 17, was charged Thursday in Wisconsin with five felonies — including first-degree intentional homicide, which can carry a life prison term — days after two men in Kenosha were shot and killed and a third was wounded, during protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.”
- The teen’s attorney, John Pierce, said “he intends to fight the charges and indicated he might fight extradition back to Wisconsin where the teen would face charges as an adult.” Rittenhouse lives in Illinois.
- Pierce said in a statement that “Rittenhouse’s legal fees would be covered by a new foundation he set up with attorney L. Lin Wood, called the #FightBack foundation,” according to the report.
- A spokesperson for GiveSendGo said that “funds are already being disbursed into the account the lawyers and family sent over.”
- The fundraising campaign page, which indicates it was set up by friends of the Rittenhouse family, says of the teen: “Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group ANTIFA,” adding that he was “forced to take two lives to defend his own.”
- The GiveSendGo spokesperson said the Rittenhouse fundraiser is “largest and fastest growing campaign we have had to date.”