Thousands Thank Seattle University Hero With Wedding Gifts and Funds

The story of Jon Meis successfully thwarting a gunman and putting an end to a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 has gone viral. After discovering Meis’ wedding registry, people from all over the U.S. have banded together to purchase every single item on the list. Thankful and charitable Americans are still showing their appreciation, collecting funds for Meis’ honeymoon and future, The Huffington Post writes.

“That’s when ESPN sports radio producer Jessamyn McIntyre got the idea to begin a GoFundMe site for Meis and his fiancee’s honeymoon and future,” ABC News reports. “According to the page’s statistics, over $26,000 from more than 830 donations has been raised as of Saturday afternoon — tallies that are expected to increase.” University students, friends, family, and concerned Americans also set up fund-raising to help pay for the funeral of victim Paul Lee, 19, and medical expenses of Sarah Williams, who was injured by the the gunman. The local hospital confirmed that Williams is in stable condition as of Monday, June 9.

As of it stands, authorities believe that the gunman, Aaron Ybarra, 26, has no connection with the university or his victims. The Associated Press reports Ybarra “was planning to kill as many people as he could before committing suicide. There is no doubt that Meis’ intervention saved lives.

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