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Fundraiser for slain Temple University cop raises over $300K in two days

Slain cop leaves behind four kids and a wife

The Temple University community has rallied to support the grieving family of a police officer shot dead over the weekend.

An ongoing fundraiser, started just a day ago, has already raised more than $336,000 to help the family of police officer Chris Fitzgerald. The Catholic father leaves behind a wife and four kids.

Law enforcement has charged 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer with fatally shooting Fitzgerald (pictured) during a robbery on Saturday night, CBS News reported.

CBS News reported:

Investigators say Fitzgerald attempted to stop three people in a robbery just off Temple’s campus Saturday night.

Authorities say one of them disregarded Fitzgerald’s commands to stop.

Once Fitzgerald caught up, a fight broke out between him and Pfeffer, according to police. Pfeffer then took out a gun and shot Fitzgerald in the head.

Pfeffer then stood over Fitzgerald and fired several more shots into his face and head area, according to an affidavit.

“We are heartbroken. We are heartbroken tonight,” Temple University President Jason Wingard stated. “One of our beloved police officers at Temple University has lost his life tonight.”

Temple public safety chief Jennifer Griffin shared similar sentiments.

“We’re devastated at the loss of a Temple University police officer who was protecting and safeguarding our community when they were taken from us,” Griffin said, as reported by CBS News. “This is the first Temple University police officer killed who has lost their life in the line of duty.”

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IMAGE: Temple University Police Association/Twitter

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.