Showing support for Marie Gemmell and her two sons after they lost their lives in Monday morning’s Gaithersburg, Maryland plane crash, an identified friend of the family, Jennifer Miller, launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $400,000 that will go towards the family so that they may rebuild their lives after such a terrible loss.
Sharing details about the devastating crash, Miller stated, “At approximately 10:45 a.m. on December 8, 2014, a small jet crashed into a home on Drop Forge Lane in Gaithersburg, Maryland killing the three passengers and three members of the Gemmell family who were inside the home. Marie Gemmell, her son Cole, and infant son, Devin, were in the home and sadly lost their lives during the horrific accident. They are survived by Ken Gemmell and their oldest child, Arabelle.”
Clearing the air of any doubts concerning her relationship with the family, Miller noted, “I am just a mother of five children of my own who has known Ken, Marie and their children, through serving them as guests at Dogfish Head Alehouse where I am employed. I have made Ken aware of this page and he has all my contact information as well. 100% of these funds will be going to Ken and his daughter for anything they may need during this horrific time. This is not about me, it is about helping people who are in need because I would want someone to do the same for me whether they knew me directly or not.”
Expressing his gratitude for all the support he has been given the past few days, Ken Gemmell took to Facebook and wrote, “No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterdays’ tragedy. We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent and joyful sons – a loss that no person should ever endure. The outpouring support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors, and the community.
“We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders, who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event. There will be a lot of grieving over the coming weeks, and we request that the media respect our privacy so I can provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to re-build.”
Since launching Monday afternoon, the campaign has received $355,000 from over 8,000 supporters.
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