Heartwarming: Supporters have donated nearly $1 million to family of murdered police officer Eric Talley

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BOULDER, CO – Generous donors have gathered through several pathways to support the family of slain Boulder Police Department Officer Eric Talley, with recent donation totals approaching $1 million.

As we previously reported, Officer Talley, an 11-year veteran of the BPD, was the first to respond to the scene of an active shooter at a Boulder King Soopers on Monday, March 22.

The killer’s actions resulted in the shooting deaths of ten people, including Officer Talley.

Talley leaves behind a wife and seven children, who range in age from seven to twenty.

A verified GoFundMe campaign was established after the heroic officer’s death.

The organizer, Suzi Zebelman, wrote on the fundraising page:

“Officer Talley was so helpful to me and I was having a hard time with his killing yesterday, so I took action. This campaign was created to support his family, please give what you can to help. Rest In Peace Officer Talley.  

“You are missed!”

The initial fundraising goal was reportedly $50,000, but donors more than doubled that amount in 13 hours, raising $107,000 and necessitating a revision of the target amount to $150,000.

Within 24 hours, the page showed over $290,000 in donations.

That amount, too, was quickly surpassed, and at this writing several days later, generous donors have raised over $920,000 for the family of Officer Talley.

Zebelman wrote the following update to the fundraiser on March 26:

“GoFundMe has raised the goal amount due to the substantial needs of the 7 Talley children upon several suggestions by persons providing support and donations for the benefit of Officer Talley’s widow and children. 

“Thank you and please give what you can.”

Donors added heartfelt messages of love and support to their gifts.

One wrote:

“I donated because I feel for the wife and 7 children of Officer Talley, and because I can think of no better way to share the stimulus money from the government that I do not need and never asked for.”

Another said:

“May the Good Lord watch over this family along with Officer Talley from above. Thank you for your brave service to all of us.”

Another donor added:

“When one of God’s children gives his life for another, he goes straight to heaven as there is no greater love. 

“Thank you Eric for not hesitating to do His will. May God pour out his blessings on your entire family.”

Other charitable sources have also stepped up to help Officer Talley’s family.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation website, for example, features a photo of the late Officer Talley with the caption, “Support Our Hero.”

Tunnel to Towers was established in 2001 in honor of firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller, who gave his life while saving others on September 11, 2001.

The organization reports that 93% of fundraising dollars go directly to its programs, which include the Fallen First Responder Home Program.

The website states:

“Through the Fallen First Responder Home Program, Tunnel to Towers aims to pay off the mortgages of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty that leave behind young children.  

“The Foundation’s goal is to ensure stability and security to these families facing sudden, tragic loss.”

Thanks to generous donations and the actions of Tunnel to Towers, Officer Talley’s family can expect to see their mortgage paid.

In addition, according to a source inside the Denver Police Department, the Denver Police Orphans’ Fund has also earmarked an unspecified amount for the family of Officer Talley.

This fund has been in operation since 1948, when three officers generously provided Christmas gifts out of their own pockets to children of fallen officers.  The fund was incorporated in 1976 and became a 501c3 nonprofit in 1976.

The DPOF is financed almost entirely by payroll deductions of Denver Police Department officers.

Another site for donations is the Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officer Fund.  This organization is a tax-exempt nonprofit whose website states:

“Your tax exempt donation benefits Boulder County law enforcement members who become seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty. 

“Support extends to the injured Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) or surviving family members: spouse, parent, significant partner, or children.”

This fund is accepting online donations here, and donors may request that their gift is specifically earmarked for the Talley family.

Moreover, the Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police is also accepting donations at this link.  

The FOP notes on its website:

“All donations raised for Officer Talley will go to support [his family] directly. It is now that we must stand united to help aid his family, we look towards to our amazing community to join us in assisting them as they grieve.

“Please donate and share today, help us give back so we can commemorate the career of a hero.”

Furthermore, according to CBS4, in Northern Colorado, the nonprofit “NoCo Police and Fire Families” has designated 100 percent of its funds raised to the family of Officer Talley.

This nonprofit was created in 2019 by Sara Feaster, the wife of Longmont Police Sergeant Andy Feaster, as a way for emergency responder families “to support each other financially and emotionally.”

Sergeant Feaster told CBS:

“Working in Longmont, we are very close to Boulder.”

He continued:

“(The shooting) was a gut punch. 

“And then to hear there is an officer down inside, there aren’t words to adequately describe that kind of situation.”

NoCo Police and Fire Families plan to give “[e]very penny” of funds raised to the Talley family.

At this writing, over $22,000 has been donated.  Most donations are from emergency responders.

Sergeant Feaster also told CBS:

“We can’t imagine the devastation. We can’t imagine the loss. There are seven kids without their father now.” 

He added:

“The law enforcement profession will forever support them. 

“This is our profession coming together, having each other’s backs, and supporting those left behind.”

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Terror attack? Police officer, nine others murdered by Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa in grocery store massacre

BOULDER, CO – Officials have identified the victims killed in the mass shooting that occurred at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22nd. Among those killed was a was a Boulder Police officer who’d responded to the incident.

The identity of the suspected shooter has also been released by officials.

During the afternoon of March 22nd, a mass shooting occurred inside of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder which resulted in 10 victims being killed. Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was among the slain victims, having been the first officer to respond to the scene of the incident that day.

The 51-year-old officer had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. A procession of police and emergency vehicles escorted the fallen officer’s body the evening of the shooting.

Homer Talley, the fallen officer’s father, said that his son took his role as a police officer “very seriously”:

“He took his job as a police officer very seriously.”

Kristen Stillwell, Officer Talley’s sister, took to Twitter following the news of her brother’s passing, writing the following:

“Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty also commented on the loss of Officer Talley, saying the following:

“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut far too short.”

The identities of the other nine victims killed in the mass shooting were identified as follows:

  • 20-year-old Denny Strong
  • 23-year-old Neven Stanisic
  • 25-year-old Rikki Olds
  • 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak
  • 59-year-old Suzanne Fountain
  • 51-year-old Teri Leiker
  • 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney
  • 62-year-old Lynn Murray
  • 65-year-old Jody Waters

Boulder Police Department Chief Herold has also recently identified the alleged shooter behind the atrocity that unfolded in Boulder, saying the suspect in custody is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa.

He’s been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held at a local hospital due to a leg injury stemming from the shooting.

Officials say that the suspect will likely be moved to the Boulder County Jail at some point on March 23rd.

Investigators say that the alleged motive behind the shooting is unclear as of this time.

While the suspected shooter’s social media accounts have been taken down, some were able to get a glimpse and screenshots of his online postings before those social media accounts were deleted.

Reports indicate that the shooter was an alleged ISIS sympathizer who would share posts online over his disdain for “Islamophobia”, while also sharing posts of his strong anti-Trump sentiments.

According to a post from Jack Posobiec, President Joe Biden has been briefed on details about the alleged shooter behind the attack:

“BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per [White House] official.”

In a report from The Daily Beast, the shooting suspect’s brother, 34-year-old Ali Aliwi Al-Issa, described his brother as someone who was irrationally paranoid and may have had issues with mental illness:

“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head.”

Signs of this alleged paranoia are evidenced by some of the screenshots that were obtained from his social media profiles before they were deleted, such as one post where the suspect wrote that “racist islamophobic people” were “hacking” his phone in order to cause him grief.

This is a developing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this tragic incident.

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