OXFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – As Merry Jackson continues to fight for her life, a fundraising campaign is underway to help the grandmother and her stricken family.
Jackson’s daughter, Lori Gellatly, was fatally shot early Wednesday morning, allegedly by her estranged husband, Scott Gellatly, who police said forced his way into the Oxford home. Jackson was also shot and remains in critical condition.
“There is unfortunately going to be some funeral costs incurred along with medical expenses for the surviving victim and then there are four children that have been left through this,” said Jerry Schwab of Oxford Ambulance, which has launched an online fundraising effort to help the victims.
According to the gofundme page:
The lives of the Jackson family members have been irrevocably changed. In this time of despair, when those intimately affected are searching for a way to move forward and heal, it is our wish to alleviate as much discomfort as possible. With this in mind, we are collecting donations to fund medical costs, funeral costs, and to offer in support of the twin babies and two stepsons that Lori left behind.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, the campaign had raised more than $1,700. It’s goal is $25,000. Click here to donate.
“Over the course of the last couple of days we have had a lot of community outreach,” Schwab said. “People calling, stopping by, asking how can they help the family.”
Oxford Ambulance responded to the horrific crime scene Wednesday. That’s why they feel connected to the people it’s affecting.
“People know that we responded to the incident,” Schwab said. “I think a lot of people in the community that didn’t know where to go reached out to us.”
At Oxford Ambulance they are used to coming to the rescue but helping this family in need is allowing them to come together in a different way and although its born out of tragedy they say helping is a good feeling.
“This is us continuing to help people that are in need just in a different way,” Schwab said.
AJ Walker reporting