GoFundMe hits over $100k for woman killed in Florida gas station explosion

A fundraiser to help the family of a woman killed in a Florida gas station has raised more than $111,000.

Shoi Caballes was killed Wednesday in a tragic crash at a Palm Harbor gas station. Her two children survived the explosion after trying to save their mother, which was caused by a driver unintentionally putting their car into a pump. The collision caused Cabelles to hit a broken gas pump, which immediately caught fire. After the tragedy, the baseball coach at East Lake High School set up a GoFundMe page to support the family.

“I feel fortunate to have known this family through coaching their eldest son at East Lake High School for 3 years,” Zach Roper wrote on the GoFundMe page. “It’s still easy for me to say today, there won’t be a player or family that I love and admire more than the Caballes family.”

The fundraiser quickly began raising funds to reach the goal of $125,000. People from Palm Harbor and beyond began donating in memory of Caballes.

One MP wrote: “Losing a parent is hard enough, so young, so much life left and the days before Christmas.” “I am devastated by this loss of my family and will keep them in my prayers.”

“Our entire community sympathizes with your tragic loss,” another said. “We stand with the Caballes family as they each work to bring peace in their own lives and the others they will impact along the way.”

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A lit candle during vigil in Mexico, 2018.
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Many contributions to the fund range from ten to thirty dollars. However, some good Samaritans give more than that. As of this writing, the top donation for the Cabelles family fundraiser was from an unnamed donor who donated $5,000.

On Thursday evening, a memorial service was held, attended by surviving Caballes family members. Hundreds of people dressed in blue and white, Shoi’s favorite colors by one of her sons, came to pay their respects to the mother of five. To all who knew her, she always remembered her as an image of a mother.

“It’s meticulous,” family friend Chase Arnold told the local news station fox 13. She never misses a birthday, never misses anything, at every event, just one of the best, most caring souls. “

Those who wish to donate to the Caballes family’s GoFundMe can do so here.

https://www.newsweek.com/gofundme-raises-money-florida-woman-killed-gas-station-explosion-1663072 GoFundMe hits over $100k for woman killed in Florida gas station explosion

Ethan Gach

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