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Fundraising Campaign For Chicago Victim Pulls In Almost $80,000

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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An online fundraising campaign for the family of the Chicago victim who was kidnapped and tortured pulled in eight times the amount it intended to raise.

A GoFundMe campaign started Jan. 5 with the intent to raise $10,000 for the Chicago assault victim and his family, reports CBS News.

The campaign, called “Let’s Show the Chicago Victim Love,” has already raised $79, 556 — about $70,000 more than its target goal.

“For those of you that have seen the horrific torture and trauma recently inflicted on a young man in Chicago, it is not something you will soon forget,” the fundraising page reads, adding that the fundraiser is a good way to remind the family that people are supporting them.

A Facebook Live video surfaced showing a group of black people allegedly torturing a white man with “mental health challenges,” police said. The group can be heard yelling “Fuck white people” and”Fuck Donald Trump.”

The victims endured hours of abuse as the group forced him to drink toilet water and repeatedly attacked him with a knife. (RELATED: ‘F**k Donald Trump, F**k White People!’: 4 People In Custody After Man Kidnapped,vTortured On Facebook Live)

Police eventually arrested four suspects in connection to the crime. Brittany Covington, Tesfaye Cooper and Jordan Hill, 18, and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington were all charged with battery, kidnapping and hate crimes.

A judge denied the group bail and rebuked them during their hearing, asking “Where was your sense of decency?”

Bartlett Jackson, a GoFundMe regional communications manager, confirmed to CBS News that the family was working with the company on the fundraising campaign. The company will be working closely with the creator of the campaign to ensure the money reaches the family.

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