At the time of this writing, the campaign had raised $8,022 of its $10,000 goal, through a total of 174 separate donations.
Here's what Jonathan Melendez Sr. posted on the GiveForward site Tuesday night:
"The last few days have been a nightmare for our families. Something we never thought would happen to us. We lost our beloved angel, Jonathan Melendez Jr. He was a great kid with so much love and so much character. He was taken way too soon from us and now he's in heaven smiling, watching over us.
"I want to thank all of you for your support, for your kind words and for your prayers. It's amazing to see the love in our town and the strength of our community. Thank you all for the love and for your donations. It means more than what you'll ever know.