A virtual fundraiser has been created for the family of a Lovettsville man who committed suicide and set a fire that destroyed their home on June 5.
Baraka James is survived by his wife, Kyung James, and their three daughters, Faye, Mai and Eve, according to the GoFundMe campaign description.
“Their lives have been devastated, and Kyung has been left widowed, homeless, and faced with the daunting journey of raising her three beautiful daughters as a single mother,” the description reads. “They are left with nothing but literally the clothes on their back.”
As of Tuesday morning, $83,327 has been raised for the family. The current fundraising goal is $150,000, having been raised from the previous $100,000 goal.
“We are so grateful for all of the community outpouring with love, support and any help to help this family rebuild from this nightmare that they just came out of,” said Erin Lombardi, a family friend and neighbor who is a co-organizer of the campaign.
Baraka James was found dead following the fire, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 12000 block of Stonehouse View Ct.The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the source of the blaze was incendiary in nature, while the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said gunfire was heard from within the home around the time of the incident.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office estimated the damages caused by the blaze are roughly $877,000.
Per the online campaign, home insurance will not likely cover the losses since the fire was determined to be intentional.
“We are hoping to raise funds to help [the James family] overcome the overwhelming obstacles they face,” the campaign description reads.
Those obstacles include purchasing basic necessities, as well as support and counseling for the family.
Campaign organizers said they also seek “to bring light to both the suicide epidemic as well as domestic violence awareness.”“We want people to understand that, even if you are struggling, there are people that will help you,” Lombardi said. “While suicide is the most tragic thing ever, it is not your only option.”
The fundraiser is available at gofund.me/39f6c851.