When Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, much of the nation was surprised by the loss. He was the first American killed in Afghanistan this year. To help cover the expenses for his family, a friend set up a GoFundMe account. The goal was to raise $15,000. The actual response has been much better than expected.
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The GoFundMe page, which has only been active for a couple of days, has raised more than they expected. The page has raised close to $300,000 for the family.
Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar was working with Afghan troops when he was shot. He was 37. He left behind a wife and five kids. Nikki Damron set up the GoFundMe page. She and her husband were friends with De Alencar and his wife.
“Mark was recently killed in combat during his teams rotation in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a loving wife who now has the task of raising their 5 kids on her own. The youngest being 3 and the oldest being 17 if I recall correctly. This will be a very rough task on both his wife and the older of the kids who will be forced to take a larger role in supporting their younger siblings,” Darmon wrote.
Shortly after Sgt. De Alencar was killed, the US military took an extreme measure and dropped the largest conventional bomb in its arsenal on the area where De Alencar was shot.
The use of the MOAB was rumored to have in retaliation for De Alencar’s death, but the Pentagon denies this.
“On behalf of all U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrade,” Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support, wrote Sunday.
“We will always remember our fallen comrades and commit ourselves to deliver on their sacrifice,” Nicholson continued.