Randy Park, 23, the son of Korean immigrant Hyun Jung Grant, one of the seven Asian women killed on Tuesday when a lone gunman shot up three spas in the Atlanta-area, raised more than $2 million from a GoFundMe campaign set up to help him and his brother with expenses after their mother’s death.
Park was looking to raise $20,000 to help him and his brother cover rent, food and monthly expenses. As of Saturday morning, more than 63,000 people donated $2.4 million to the campaign.
“I don’t know how any word I write here will ever convey how grateful and blessed I am to receive this much support. Sharing and listening was more than enough thank you so much. And to those of you that have donated any amount of money. To put it bluntly, I can’t believe you guys exist. People I will probably never meet, hear, nor express my thanks to. This is simply a change in my life,” Park wrote after seeing the level of support him and his brother received. “Thank you everyone so much. This doesn’t represent even a fragment of how I feel. My mother can rest easy knowing I have the support of the world with me.”
Park described his mom as a “single mother who dedicated her whole life to providing for my brother and I.” He told the Daily Beast that she “wasn’t just my mother. She was my friend.”
With their mother gone, Park will now have to raise his younger brother alone since the rest of his family is still in South Korea.