"Fresno Strong" raises support for hurting families

Money raised donated to families of April shooting spree victims

Fresno, Calif. - Hundreds of people turned out for "Fresno Strong". Area businesses and vendors joined together to support the families impacted by last month's shooting spree downtown. The event was held at the Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company.

Senseless violence rocked the community in downtown Fresno last month. Four lives were cut tragically short as a result of the shooting spree. Tuesday night, people rallied to provide money and support for the families still hurting.

On Tuesday night every beer, raffle ticket sold, and meal served was in honor of Zack Randalls, Carl Williams, Mark Gassett, and David Jackson, the four innocent men gunned down in a high profile shooting spree back in April.

"Two to three dollars of our proceeds from every beer sold is going directly to the cause which is going to be split up between the four families affected in the recent shootings, every vendor here is donating a portion if not all of their profits to the cause as well," said Michael Cruz of the Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company. 

Family members of carl williams say he would smile seeing the turnout.

"Carl would just love this. I know he would and if it was any of his family members I know he definitely would be out here to support," said Maria Illan, a cousin of Carl Williams.  

Artist Zoombie Nation crafted a painting in honor of his dear friend Zach Randalls sending a deep message. 

"I just want to bring awareness that Zack's death didn't go in vain it was not for no reason. It was a reason to bring awareness that we all need to watch out. We all need to lookout for each other. No matter what we look like. We're all skeletons underneath,  said Nation.

Adults, children, and even pets arrived in support of Fresno Strong. The owner of food truck Locavoria559 Flat Bottom Grills pushed to be there too, with the scars left behind from a crash that almost killed him.

"The community came to my rescue for my family, for my business, for everything in my time of need," said Jorgensen. 

Now, he plans to pay it forward to those families in need. 

"This is such a dramatic event that took place I think everyone that is out here to support it is going to give 110%. That's the best we can do at LocaVoria and I'm sure that's everyone else too," said Jorgensen.

The money raised is still being counted, but with the turnout and sales organizers expect to provide the victims families with thousands of dollars.


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