NEW LENOX, IL — A GoFundMe campaign has been created to raise money for and help support the family of 19-year-old Charlie Baird, who died after he was shot at a New Lenox gas station.
The shooting happened Sunday at Circle K gas station, 471 Nelson Road in New Lenox, and the person who shot Baird fled the scene. Baird died Wednesday.
Family friend Laura McDonnell decided to make a GoFundMe for the family after seeing a post on Facebook with several people asking how they could help.
“The GoFundMe is to help with medical bills due to Charlie’s surgeries and for the burial,” McDonnell told Patch.
McDonnell reached out to Baird’s mother to ask if she could create the GoFundMe, and she was “so thankful.”
“The family has gone through so much,” McDonnell said.
Baird was a New Lenox resident and a graduate of Lincoln-Way West High School. As of Friday morning, $ 10,282 out of a $ 50,000 goal had been raised on the GoFundMe page.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors are restricted at area hospitals, but McDonnell said the family was allowed to visit Baird before his death.
“They’re angry; they want justice,” McDonnell said. “I think they’re just numb right now.”
Those who want to donate to the GoFundMe can do so here.
Police said they believe the shooting may have been an man fired one shot, hitting him in the back.Baird was returning to his car after exiting the gas station when he was confronted by a man wearing a surgical mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Baird tried to run, but the
The armed man then entered a car at a gas pump. The car, occupied by at least one other person, then fled the scene.
Police said they continue to investigate the incident, and no charges or arrests have been announced.
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