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NEW YORK (AP) – An online fundraiser launched with a $10,000 goal to pay funeral expenses for a 13-year-old New York City boy who took his own life has raised over $105,000 from more than 2,700 donors in three days.
Daniel Fitzpatrick’s sister found him dead late Thursday in their attic. The boy wrote a letter last month describing bullying he suffered at Brooklyn’s Holy Angels Catholic Academy. His father says in a Facebook video that he told school officials about the bullying.
The school and the Archdiocese of New York didn’t immediately return requests for comment. The New York Daily News reports Fitzpatrick planned to go to school elsewhere this fall.
The family says it plans to donate some of the raised money to efforts to fight bullying and encourage suicide awareness.