The attack in Longmont of Michelle Wilkins, who was seven-months pregnant when her unborn baby was cut from her womb, allegedly by Dynel Lane, has impacted people in Colorado and across the country.
Last night, a candlelight vigil for Wilkins attracted hundreds of attendees.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page created to raise money for Wilkins's recovery has gathered nearly $20,000 in donations at this writing.
In addition, the page offers new details about the victim of this incredibly horrific attack.
The vigil took place at Longmont's Loomiller Park, and organizers quoted by the Longmont Times-Call say that while the assault on Wilkins was a focus of the event, they also were hoping to foster healing among members of a community struck by a number of shocking acts lately.
Last week, for instance, Omar Martinez, who is said to have suffered from bipolar disorder, allegedly stabbed his parents, killing his father and critically wounding his mother, before taking his own life in the wake of a custody dispute.
As for the aforementioned GoFundMe page, it features the words of Chris Wilkins, Michelle's uncle.
Here's his introduction:
My beautiful niece, Michelle, and her unborn baby girl were attacked by a deranged woman pretending to sell baby clothes on Craig's List in Longmont, Colorado. Tragically, the baby died after being cut from her mother's womb and now Michelle is in the hospital, having spent the last two days in the ICU.The mailing address for donations is:
Michelle is facing a long recovery, both physically and emotionally and would greatly love and appreciate anything anyone could offer in the way of support.
She had just started a job teaching pottery classes after moving to Colorado. Costs for surgery and ICU care can be astronomical, so I ask you please to help if you can.
The Michelle Wilkins Trust FundIn addition, $19,323 has been donated by 327 individuals who've visited the page thus far, pushing the total over the halfway point toward a $35,000 goal.
c/o The Kapsak Law Firm, LLC
1610 Hover St, Suite 203
Longmont, CO 80501
For more information, click here — and look below to see a video from vigil coverage by the Boulder Daily Camera.
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