Fundraiser for family of boy hit by car raises more than three times goal

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A fundraiser for the family of a four-year-old hit and killed by a car near Kroger Field during UK’s game Saturday has raised more than three times its goal, and it’s still running.

A woman named Shannon Andreas started the fundraiser for the family of Marco Lee Shemwell on Go Fund Me.

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Andreas says she sometimes watched the Shemwell children.

“When Marco was just a toddler his teachers and I began calling him our Sour Patch Kid. One moment he would be so strong willed, the next he would steal your heart. In an instant. Marco was such a joy to be around. Always so eager to learn about what this big world had to offer. At daycare we got to watch him grow up along friends, their friendships turned in sibling-like bonds, looking out for one another; pure love. And for my teachers and I, he became family to us,” she wrote online.

At the time of publication, the fundraiser had raised $18,630. Its goal was $5,000.



Wednesday the coroner released Shemwell’s cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The coroner has not yet released his manner of death.

Shemwell, from Winchester, died Monday afternoon at UK Medical Center.

Jacob Heil, 18, is charged with DUI and accused of hitting Shemwell as he waited to cross the road with his father near Kroger Field Saturday afternoon.

Police say Heil told them he drank two beers at a tailgate. According to his police report, a breathalyzer registered his blood alcohol level at .051. The legal limit for a person over 21 in Kentucky is .08, but it is .02 for someone under 21.

Heil had recently pledged the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

On Wednesday the fraternity announced it has revoked its University of Kentucky chapter’s charter. It will no longer have a presence on campus.