From the Calgary Herald:
A fund set up by former co-workers to help homicide victim Arcelie Laoagan’s family has raised more than $100,000.
The money will be used to set up a monthly income for family in the Philippines left without support after she was killed in Calgary on Jan. 18.
Laoagan left behind five children, from elementary-school age to young adults, and husband Gregorio Laoagan.
“We’re just overwhelmed and so appreciative of all the donations,” said Jane Mugford, the vice-president of technology at West Canadian, a graphics company where Laoagan worked. “We’ve had people walk in off the street and donate.”
Donations have come from all over Calgary, across Canada and even Australia, she said.
Mugford is working with Laoagan’s sister, Marlyn Hori, on how to manage the funds. “We’re making sure the youngest child knows that food and clothing has been taken care of,” she said.
West Canadian kicked off the fund by donating $10,000.
Laoagan was on her way home from West Canadian on Feb. 18 when she was fatally assaulted near the Franklin LRT station.
Christopher James Watcheston, 21, has been charged.