WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Millions of dollars have been raised to help the families of 15 hockey players killed in a bus accident in Canada on Friday night.
A GoFundMe fundraiser with the original goal of $4 million has raised over $4.2 million to pay for the expenses the families will incur for funeral costs. The fundraiser was started by Sylvie Kellington, a mother whose son played for the A team of the Humboldt Broncos last season.
Fifteen members of the Humboldt Broncos junior A team were killed when a bus hit a semi-trailer. The bus had a total of 28 passengers and were from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000 people.
"An entire country is in shock and mourning," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. "This is every parent's worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back."
Other world leaders including the Queen and President Trump reached out to Trudeau to express their prayers and condolences as Canada reels from the shock of what happened.
Kellington says almost 60,000 people from almost 60 countries around the world have donated to the fund. Since that update, another 2,000 people have donated in the campaign that begun on Saturday.
"There are no words that could express the incredible support the hockey community has seen here," Kellington said. "Thank you to everyone for your kindness and prayers, your donations, and for sharing this GoFundMe far and wide."
The fundraiser has been shared over 214,000 times on Facebook. Hundreds of people are also leaving comments expressing their thoughts on the tragedy.