CWB Chicago can confirm that the name, race, age, and other biographical information in the campaign aligns with details about the victim that we received from a source shortly after the shooting. We cannot yet verify the authenticity of the campaign itself, however friends and family have shared it on social media.
“My family and I are raising money at this time for his medical bills as well as our travel expenses to travel to Chicago, as well all live out of state,” wrote the campaign organizer, DaShawn Earley. He identifies himself as Dakotah’s brother.
“My brother is a 23 year old culinary art student, who deserved so much more than this. He is a gentle giant and would’ve given the shirt off his back to anyone in need,” Earley continues.
“As a family, we are asking if you are able and willing, please donate or send prayers. Anything is appreciated at this time as this has rocked our world.”
“Thank you in advance and please pray for Dakotah.”
The campaign had raised $900 of its $20,000 goal at the time of this report.
Dakotah Earley was critically wounded by two gunshots to his back and one to his head, according to police. A source said he had undergone two surgeries by midday. His condition was said to be tenuous.
The robbery is part of a wider pattern of at least eight hold-ups in Lakeview and Lincoln Park since Wednesday night.
“This lawlessness has to be stopped,” Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said Friday. “I’d ask that you please keep [the victim] in your thoughts throughout the day.”