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Two Virginia Tech students -- one of them a young man from Lorton, Va. -- are pairing up to raise money for the family of a university police officer shot and killed during a traffic stop last week on campus.
Drew Jenkinson, 21, is a senior at the Blacksburg school. He teamed up with Bethany Darnley, 22, to create a fundraising campaign to benefit the wife and five children of Officer Deriek Crouse.
"It's a terrible devastation to a family to lose someone especially around Christmas time," says Jenkinson.
So many people offered "thoughts and prayers" after Crouse was killed, says Jenkinson, and he wanted to bridge thought with action. So he and Darnley put together "Hokies for Crouse," and the Paypal account linked to the website took off like wildfire
"At 2 a.m. Friday morning there was $40 in the account," Jenkinson says. "We woke up to $10,000 the next day and it just went crazy from there."
The effort has already raised more than $100,000.
"We are just such a passionate school, and we all support each other," says Jenkinson. "Once a Hokie, you're always a Hokie. You're part of the family. These tragic events don't define us -- we know that."
Jenkinson wants people to see Virginia Tech not as a place of tragedy and sadness, but as a place of hope, he says.