A GoFundMe campaign has already raised more than $500,000 for the family of a soldier killed in Niger earlier this month.
Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a Green Beret, was killed along with three other soldiers during a operation in Niger on October 4. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Johnson leaves behind two children, ages 2 and 6, and his wife Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with their third child.
The GoFundMe page says that the money will be used to set up scholarship in Johnson’s name.
The 5000 Role Model of Excellence Project, is establishing a Role Model Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson Scholarship to benefit his children by providing money towards their college education. We are asking you to donate to this worthy cause.
The 5000 Role Model of Excellence Project was founded by Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson.
Wilson made headlines this week when she said that President Donald Trump called Johnson’s widow to offer condolences and told her that “he knew what he signed up for.”
“Yeah, he said that,” Wilson told ABC’s Local 10 News in Miami. “So insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
Trump denied saying that and said he has “proof.”
When asked about what proof he had, Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday: “Let her make her statement again and then you’ll find out.”
Myeisha works at Walmart, according to her Facebook page. She and La David met in Miami when they were 6 years old, according to CBS Miami.
Myeshia told CBS Miami she was supportive of her husband’s Army career.
“I told him before he leave that I love him and make sure he come back to me,” she said. “And he told me he was. And for them to knock on my door it just … my whole life changed in an instant. My husband was my soul mate.”
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, click here.