The crowd-sourced fund to support the families of victims of the shooting at Molson Coors Beverage Company’s Milwaukee campus last month has topped $1.1 million.
The fund, which reached $1,178,770 as of press time, was set up on behalf of the National Compassion Fund, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. All funds collected will go directly to the families of the five victims: Dale Hudson, Gennady Levshetz, Jesus Valle Jr., Dana Walk and Trevor Wetselaar, according to Molson Coors spokesperson.
The suspected gunman, Anthony Ferrill, a 51-year-old Molson Coors electrician, died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Last week, the Washington Post published a story that portrayed a “long-held culture of racism” at the Milwaukee brewery in which workers tacked up racist cartoons in work spaces, scrawled graffiti in bathrooms and break rooms, and a 2015 incident in which a noose was placed on Ferrill’s locker.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has denied that racism was Ferrill’s motivation for the killings
In a statement, Molson Coors chief communications and corporate affairs officer Adam Collins acknowledged that the company has “more work to do.”
“Fostering an inclusive and welcoming workplace is something every organization has to work towards each day, and we aren’t going to shy away from our responsibility to take a deep look at our own culture following this event,” he said.