Fundraising campaign launched for Reem Island mall murder victim’s family

The company that recruited the 47-year-old American nursery teacher has launched a campaign to set up an education fund for the two boys she leaves behind.

ABU DHABI // The company that recruited the American nursery teacher who was stabbed to death at a mall in the capital has launched a fundraising campaign for the woman’s twin 11-year-old boys and older daughter.

Footprints Recruiting, which is based in Vancouver, Canada, has set up a gofundme.com page that aims to raise money to support the education of the boys, who have been taken care of since the shocking incident at Boutik Mall, on Reem Island, on Monday by community police. They have been awaiting the arrival of their father and the victim’s ex-husband from overseas.

An Emirati woman in her thirties has been arrested in connection with the death of 47-year-old I B R, who was fatally stabbed in the ladies toilets close to Waitrose supermarket at the mall.

The Emirati woman, who was wearing an abaya, black gloves and a niqab in CCTV footage released from the mall, was detained after planting a home-made nail bomb outside the home of Egyptian-American doctor M H, 46, on the Corniche an hour after the American teacher had been attacked.

Ben Glickman, the chief executive of Footprints Recruiting, said: “The reason we set the campaign up was because we have been in touch with the family and her sister-in-law [the sister of the children’s father].

“We asked if there was anything we could do to help and she suggested that we help raise money for the children’s education and travel. Given the scope of this senseless tragedy, we felt it was the least we could do.

“If the people of the UAE, both Emirati and expat alike, wish to do something, contributing to this campaign is a great start. We greatly appreciate your help.”

The Footprints Recruiting fundraising page says the family is in need of financial assistance to bring the victim’s body back to the US, for funeral expenses and to establish an educational trust for the three children. It also states that “100 per cent of the money raised is going to the family”, though this is minus minimal charges from gofundme.com.

By late Friday night, the gofundme page had raised US$12,695 (Dh46,630) of the $100,000 it aims to achieve by donations from 190 people in just 24 hours.

For more information and to donate, click here.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: December 5, 2014 04:00 AM

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