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$100,000 Collected For Guam Attack Victims
Guam Visitor Bureau sees ‘overwhelming response’

By Cameron Miculka

HAGTA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 19, 2013) – The Guam Visitors Bureau has seen an "overwhelming response" to the establishment of the 2/12 Memorial Fund benefiting the victims of last Tuesday's attack in Tumon.

Tony Muna Jr., spokesman for the visitors bureau, said the agency has been unable to get an exact amount of donations due to the numbers of pledges coming in.

About $100K collected

As of yesterday evening, Muna said they were estimating donations at about $100,000.

"The outpouring of support is overwhelming," he said.

Currently, GVB is accepting only monetary donations at either the Guam Visitors Bureau or Bank of Guam locations. However, Muna said, the bureau is exploring what other options it has for collecting donations.

For example, many citizens have asked if they could make in-kind donations, such as supplies. He said that a decision will be made over the next several days.

Muna said GVB also is exploring options such as community events to raise money for the fund.

[PIR editor’s note: PDN also reported that the final hospitalized victim of the deadly attack in Tumon has been sent home to Japan with the remains of her husband who was killed.]

Muna also said the response he's seen from the community is truly representative of how Guam can react to a crisis.

"It goes to show that with an incident like this, it does affect our island as a whole," he said.

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