Brown's family receives outpour of financial support

FERGUSON, Mo. – As the remains of Michael Brown have been turned over to his family, several have offered and raised funding to help with the funeral arrangements.

More than 2,900 people have donated to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund, which was established by Benjamin Crump, family attorney for Brown's parents, on GoFundMe.

The account has raised more than $66,100 with a goal of $80,000. Several of those who have donated have contributed small amounts such as $10 and $15. The largest has been two $2,000 donations from an anonymous source and Joy Jackson.

A police officer fatally shot the 18-year-old August 9 in Ferguson, Mo., which has been the site of protests and violent outbreaks since the incident.

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There have also been offers from different sources to pay for the entire funeral and burial of Brown.

Fashion designer and former model Kimora Lee Simmons, who is a St. Louis native, reached out to the family and offered to pay for the entire service, according to her Twitter.

Alpha Phi Alpha, an African-American fraternity, also issued a letter saying that they have offered to pay for the entire service.

There is no word on whether the family has accepted either offer.

Crump issued a statement on behalf of the family that simply said, "The Brown family is overwhelmed at outpouring of support in honor of #MichaelBrown, especially from @apa1906NETwork and @OfficialKimora."

Sunday, Al Sharpton said his National Action Network will pay for the funeral costs for Brown.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced for Brown.

A memorial rally will be held for Brown Sunday at 3 p.m.


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