Community helps raise money for Sumner Co. victims’ families

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s been a week since the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced seven people were murdered in Sumner County.  

On Sunday, some of those victims were laid to rest as community members rallied together to help offset funeral costs.  

Volunteers gathered at Fred’s Super Dollar, for a hot dog stand. Hot dogs, chips and drinks were sold for donations. In three hours, a little more than $1,200 was raised.  

That money will go to Gilbert’s Funeral Home in Portland and be shared among surviving family.  

Those involved tell News 2 that community members have been eager to help out,  

“It was supposed to start at noon, it started at 11:30 a.m. As soon as we had the tent up, people were here,” said Caroline Moss, a volunteer.   

Another volunteer said, “When things happen in a small community like this one, it doesn’t matter if you knew them. If it was your neighbor, family or not, it hits close to home. Everybody always pulls together.” said Peggy Nelson 

Volunteers tell News 2 that a Facebook page has been set up for community members to donate auction items. Money made from the auction will go to the victims’ families. 

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