GoFundMe Raises Nearly $500,000 for Warden Killed in Covenant Christian School Attack
A fundraiser for the family of a caretaker who was killed in an attack on Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee has raised nearly $500,000.
A GoFundMe page noted that Mike Hill, a 61-year-old caretaker at Covenant School, was among three staff members kill during the Nashville Christian School shooting. Three children were also reportedly killed.
“Officers entered the first floor of the school, started clearing it. They heard gunshots coming from the second level. They immediately went to the gunfire,” the attack on one described. Nashville Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson: “When officers arrived at the second level, they saw a shooter, a woman, who was shooting. Officers engaged her and she was fatally shot by officers who were answering.
Nashville Metropolitan Police Department
As of Wednesday, the fundraiser had raised nearly $500,000 in donations.
“Mike was the beloved father of eight children,” the page read. “Most notably, he was ‘Big Mike’ to his students, who will surely feel his loss for years to come.”
Jim Bachmann, a friend of Hill’s, spoke warmly of “Big Mike”, telling WKRN he was a “Salt to the Earth type guy” and a “sweet guy”.
Some members of the community expressed their belief that Hill would have put his own life in danger to protect the students.
“I don’t know the details yet. But I have a feeling that when this all comes out, Mike’s sacrifice saved lives. Hartsville First United Methodist Church Pastor Tim Dunavant wrote on Facebook.
Duvanant acknowledged he had no concrete evidence for this belief, but wrote, “I just know what kind of guy he was. And I know he’s the kind of guy who would do that.
Similarly, the GoFundMe page refers to “Hill’s selfless act protecting our children.”
The page stated that all proceeds “will be fully donated to Mike’s family for funeral services, expenses and to further dedicate themselves to causes close to their hearts to facilitate healing in the Covenant and Nashville communities.”