Marysville police urge caution to those wishing to donate to shooting victims, families

MARYSVILLE -- The Marysville Police Department urged the public to be cautious and do research Tuesday before donating to "special funds" for victims' families of Friday's deadly Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting.

"It is very important for the public to know that in situations like these, there are always opportunistic individuals who will look to prey on the sympathies of those who wish to contribute financially to funds set up for victims and their families," Marysville Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux wrote.

“We are not making a judgment on the validity of any of the funds that have been established in the names of victims. We’re simply reminding donors to be very cautious, and to do some basic research, before contributing to them.

"We want to be very certain the generosity of our community members is not taken advantage of, and just as importantly, we want their donations to make it to the victims and their families.”

For those wanting to donate, Lamoureux said, the Marysville Rotary Club and Heritage Bank have set up a special fund to aid victims.

Heritage Bank is located at 1031 State Ave., Suite 1, in Marysville. You may also call the bank at (360) 657-3100 for more details.

Donations may also be sent in care of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation at P.O. Box 1875, Marysville, WA 98270. For more information contact Jodi Runyon at the Marysville School District Service Center at (360) 653-0800.