CHICAGO — A fund that will be used to research domestic violence and gun violence has raised more than $34,000 in honor of Tamara O’Neal, the emergency room doctor shot dead at Mercy Hospital.
O’Neal was slain by her ex-fiance in November in the parking lot of the Bronzeville hospital. The gunman then ran into the hospital and killed two other people: Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez and pharmacy resident Dayna Less.
The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine set up a fund in O’Neal’s name shortly afterward with the goal of using the money to research “much-needed studies that address the intersectional issues of gun violence and intimate partner violence, especially as it affects people of color,” according to its Facebook fundraising page.
The foundation has a goal of raising $50,000. As of Monday morning, more than 500 people had donated to the fund and it was just shy of $35,000 raised.
If the $50,000 goal is met, the fund’s donations will be matched dollar for dollar — meaning the fund will actually get $100,000, according to the fundraising page.
O’Neal “would want us to channel our sorrow to invest it into building on her legacy to quell any future incidences of this tragedy of ever occurring again,” the fund’s organizers wrote on Facebook. “She would want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the thousands of women who are at risk of suffering at the hands of domestic violence who may have voices that are suppressed by fear.”
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