Kanye West Donates $150,000 To Family Of Security Guard Killed By Cops
Fans have praised Yeezy for his generous donation to the family of slain Chicago security guard Jemel Roberson.
Roberson was tragically killed by police while working security at Manny's Blue Room Bar on Sunday around 4 am, when several drunk customers were ordered to leave the venue.
One of the customers later returned to the bar with a gun and opened fire. Roberson allegedly returned fire and subdued the gunman until police arrived -- however when the police officer got to the scene, one of the police officers shot Roberson, who died later in hospital.
Witness Adam Harris revealed that the crowd inside the bar tried alerting the officers that Jemel was a security guard, saying, “Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard. And [police] saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”
A GoFundMe page created by Jemel's family seemed to have caught the eye of 'Ye, with a fan screenshot showing several donations of $15,000 made to the page -- totalling a whopping $150,000.
Fans were quick to praise the star for his donation -- adding that his generosity comes after news that the rapper was helping rebuild his neighbourhood after it was ravaged by horrific wildfires.
According to CNN, the 26-year-old had been taking on extra shifts in order to make his 9-month-old son’s first Christmas special. His girlfriend Avontea Boose is also currently pregnant with the couple's second child.
“This was going to be my baby’s first Christmas with his dad and now he’s going to miss out on everything,” Boose told the Associated Press.
In a post on Facebook, Attorney Lee Merritt wrote: “Jemel should be preparing to go to the Whitehouse to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He should be preparing to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Instead, his family is preparing for his funeral. Jemel is a national hero. This is a national tragedy.”
Rev. Patricia Hill -- who knew the security guard as he regularly played music for churches -- told WGN that Roberson had dreamed of being a police officer. "He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life," Hill said.