MARIETTA, GA. – The city of Marietta is rallying behind their former classmate whose daughter was shot multiple times in the deadly Florida high school shooting Wednesday afternoon.
Robert Meaders created a GoFundMe to help his former Marietta High School classmate, Missy Cantrell Wilford, whose daughter, Maddy, was seriously wounded in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
"I wanted to do something but there's nothing to do -- them being so far away," Meaders said. "It seemed like the only tangible thing to do."
Meaders wrote they graduated in 1991 and has known Wilford for over 30 years. Meaders stated while she’s now in Florida and he remained in Marietta, the family ties that are much a part of the Marietta City Schools continues to run strong.
“She needs our support now and in the days to come,” Meaders wrote. “All funds collected will go directly to Missy to meet her needs in the coming weeks, months, and even years as immediate needs are taken care of and Maddy's recovery take precedent."
Meaders posted an update from Wilford stating her daughter “incurred multiple gunshot wounds with an AR-15 assault rifle.”
Ponco Wilson is another friend of Wilford. The two graduated from Marietta High in 1991.
"All of a sudden I get a text from her and she's like, 'I haven't heard from my daughter,' and then the shooting happened," Wilson said. "And then all of a sudden she texts me back and said her daughter was involved."
Wilford wrote that Maddy underwent two surgeries on Wednesday and is expected to undergo a third on Thursday.
“The bullets missed her liver, reproduction organs, heart, she could have been paralyzed,” Missy wrote. “It is a miracle.”
According to friends of the family, Maddy had a successful third surgery. 11Alive spoke to Wilford’s parents Wednesday following the shooting said they're still overwhelmed and planned to head to Florida Thursday morning.
In less than 24 hours of the GoFundMe being live, they have raised over $15,000.
"The thing is,I know the way Marietta is and I know the way Blue Devils are and I know that she is going to see a show of force and a show of love so great," Wilson said.
The Broward Sheriff's Office also warned people of fake GoFundMe accounts. The official victims' fund was created by the Broward Education Foundation.
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