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Michael Brown Fund, Wilson Donations Near $1M; Rappers Release Song

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In this August 17, 2014 photo, people donate money at a rally convened in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 12:05 PM

Funds set up for Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, whose scuffle in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month ended in Brown's death, have raised more than $700,000 from tens of thousands of supporters around the world.

The Associated Press reported that The Michael Brown Memorial Fund on GoFundMe.com has raised more than $288,000 from 9,600 supporters, while two pages set up for Wilson have raised more than $423,000 from 10,200 supporters.

Brown's fund was set up by the legal team representing the teen's family, but will not go toward any legal fees incurred. Instead, the page pledged that the funds will be used to pay for Michael's funeral, burial, as well as the family's travel and living expenses that have racked up "as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf."

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Wilson's funding will go toward "potential legal fees, relocation, and living expenses" for him and his immediate family.

Also supporting The Michael Brown Memorial Fund is a new hip-hop song released by The Game along with 10 other rappers and four R&B singers called "Don't Shoot." The track features Diddy, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Tyrese, and Ginuwine, among others.

"I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown's happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core," The Game told Rolling Stone.

"I managed to get everyone on board fairly easy, simply because we have the hearts. We care and are inclined to take a positive approach to resolving an issue that has existed since the beginning of mankind, and that is racism and hatred towards one another as human beings."

According to The Huffington Post, a "Mike Brown College Scholarship" is also being set up by The Wisconsin Hope Lab in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. The scholarship will help Brown's three siblings attend college.

Several investigations both civil and criminal are underway concerning the shooting.



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Funds set up for Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, whose scuffle in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month ended in Brown's death, have raised more than $700,000 from tens of thousands of supporters around the world.
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