2 days ago I logged onto Facebook and saw a post by a friend about the Daniel Stephen Farr case with links to the obituary page ( Archived Link) and several screenshots from family members asking for help. I immediately tried to confirm that the family was indeed asking for help and wanted their information shared. After 2 comment confirmations and a message go ahead, I shared whatever information I could find wherever I could, including Twitter and Reddit.
Within seconds I was bombarded with hate. Messages from angry lds people attacking me for trying to help. I argued with commenters on social media until 6:30 in the morning. Reddit was the worst. After being continually threatened and told it would be taken down from the Reddit group, I decided to delete the pictures and focus on sharing the GoFundMe account for the family where I thought it would do more good. Little did I know that the title post was still active and would actually make a difference.
I woke up later in the afternoon to an outpouring of love and support from people who knew me and knew how affected I was by the entire thing. My gratitude for these people is beyond words. When I checked the post, it had climbed to 20,000 views, and their fundraiser had skyrocketed from a couple thousand to $22,000! As of posting, it’s grown to 30k views and $26,000, exceeding both of the goals originally put on the account.
I can’t describe how proud I am of every single person who shared the links and donated to the GoFundMe. This story was never about me and never should have been, it was always about the family, but all of you together deserve a round of applause for answering the call and supporting them in their time of need.
This whole experience proves to me that there are enough of us who care to truly make a difference all across the lds, flds, and exmo communities. We are strongest when we stand together to do what is really right, and the more of us take a stand, the better this world can be for every one of us. Thank you to the fellow warriors leading the charge against injustice!
Now to the information. I am sharing these screenshots and links not only to document what really happened, but to continue to help the family. I know a lot of news stories just don’t want to even touch this story. I’ve done my best to keep everyone’s privacy in mind by blacking out personal information and limiting what I share to what’s relevant. I want everyone to remember, THE GOFUNDME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS AND SHOULD BE THE MAIN FOCUS. They can still use all the help they can get! So please be sure to donate and share! There is also a peaceful march and vigil for the victim event I’m sharing here, I recommend it!