Community comes together to raise money for victims of Sandbridge crash

Virginia Beach, Va. – Friends, family, and even strangers opened their wallets for families of the four victims from last week’s crash on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach.

14-year-old Cheyenne Proctor, 10-year-old Cherish Proctor, 13-year-old Gabriel Proctor, and 38-year-old Marlo Bayot were all killed.

“There’s 3 kids that have been lost, a fiancee, 3 kids still fighting for their life. I just literally sat in my room all day and cried, and I said I’ve got to do something to help,” says Noel Ray.

It all started with Ray who has known the families for years.

He wanted to help with funeral costs and medical bills, so he created a page on Facebook, The Angels in Heaven Fund, to raise money.

“From that point, it just took off within 30 minutes. I raised $2,000,”says Ray. “People we don’t even know have contacted me to donate money, donate services to the family. This community is just so tight. It’s really touching.”

And it kept going up to $9,000 in just a few days.

Tuesday night, the fundraiser went to a whole new level; dozens piled through the doors at Shakas at the Oceanfront.

Corbitt Carroll helped organize the event. He says many there had lost touch with the families, but were brought together through their tragedy.

“It’s sad it takes something like this to bring people together but sometimes it happens that way,” says Carroll.

7 comments

      • Frank

        @Fran-correction it does the public finds his behavior very odd less than 24 hours after the death of his children, he is speaking to the media, doing exclusive interviews taking part in numerous fundraisers ?
        in addition he stated he advised his fiancée,-she could NOT take the children to the beach, correct? so, did she kidnap them or was he aware that she took them. where was he ?
        His story doesn’t add up.
        it seems as if the public is starting to see this man differently one always has to think about the impact that men like this have on the masses in general where Black men stereotypes are concerned

  • Mickey

    It’s sad that people can be so heartless after several children have lost their lives and more are fighting for theirs. With that said, I think it’s a wonderful thing that we, as humans, come together to help each other in times of need as opposed to just posting holier than thou comments that only help that person feel better about themselves.

    • Frank

      @Mickey- what is sad is that he did not take care of his children while they were alive – the public again finds it very odd- that He is now ready to show the world his media /fundraising /parenting expertise? are we so tunnel-visioned that we can only except that his behaviors are reality that and when you conduct yourself in this way that it is acceptable ? and when someone ask the people to look @the facts- they are seen as being disrespectful / holier than thou/ or even heartless?
      if this is the label you put on the men that take care of their children-
      the let it be!

  • Frank

    Mickey- what is sad is that he did not take care of his children while they were alive – the public again finds it very odd- that He is now ready to show the world his media /fundraising /parenting expertise? are we so tunnel-visioned that we can only except that his behaviors are reality that and when you conduct yourself in this way that it is acceptable ? and when someone ask the people to look @the facts- they are seen as being disrespectful / holier than thou/ or even heartless?
    if this is the label you put on the men that take care of their children-
    then let it be!

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