GoFundMe for Lincoln gunshot victim’s funeral raises $22,000

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — More than $20,000 has been raised for the funeral expenses of a Lincoln man who was slain last week.

Stephen Kaludzu, who is the brother-in-law of 38-year-old Kupo Mleya, started the GoFundMe two days ago with the hope of reaching enough money to pay for Mleya’s final expenses.

The fund has surpassed the initial goal, with the amount now ringing in at $22,500. Kaludzu wants to thank everyone who contributed for their support.

Mleya was fatally shot on Friday near 20th and Washington Streets.

Police arrived to find a crashed Jeep Patriot and Mleya with multiple gunshot wounds. They performed CPR before Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived but ultimately were unsuccessful.

On Christmas Eve, police arrested 23-year-old suspect Karsen Rezac on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Rezac will attend his first day of court Tuesday.

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