Although surveillance video shows that no one came to former Marine Chris Marquez’ aid after he was beaten by a gang of black thugs outside a D.C. McDonald’s Feb. 12, someone else did. That someone is Danny Amoruccio, a person totally unknown to Marquez.
Nine days later, the GoFundMe page set up by Amoruccio has brought in over $20,000. Amoruccio’s original goal was to raise $400, the amount of cash that was in the veteran’s wallet when he was beaten. The kindness of strangers reached and exceeded that goal within hours. Amoruccio increased the goal with an aim to give the injured veteran additional funds and frankly, to let him know that Americans supported him and appreciated his service. Many have asked if the Good Samaritan is keeping any of the funds. Here is his response via the GoFundMe page:
I just wanted to let you all know that throughout this weekend the total amount raised didn’t move up considerably until we received an incredible push by Fox News Insider tonight.
The Fox Network decided to release a followup story which was focused on the GoFundMe page! I nearly fell over! We gained over $2K in less than 2 hours because of it! (Video link below)
Once again, FOX NEWS has been the voice and movement for Chris and we couldn’t be more grateful. How can you possibly thank them enough?!
With the new media spotlight today, newcomers are asking once again if Chris will receive all the funds, or if I’m taking a portion for myself. The answer is, no, I’m not taking a single penny. There is only one person(s) taking a piece of the pie from this Fundraiser. GoFundMe.
GoFundMe Corp. extracts a small percentage of each donation and the rest belongs to Chris, free and clear. I have posted a screenshot from the GoFundMe account that shows that I do not have access to the money.
Of note, Chris Marquez and Danny Amoruccio have never met, but hopefully, once the fundraiser is done and Marquez is physical up to it that will happen. The Ellen Show has been contacted in hopes the meeting could take place live and in person on air. A spokesperson for Ellen DeGeneres has not responded to this Examiner nor have they reached out to Amoruccio.
FOX News and the National Military News Examiner have been promoting the story hoping to get the word out to the public that the perpetrators of this crime are still on the loose. As of this morning there have been no arrests in the case. One of the young criminals is a woman. There are varying accounts, Marquez indicated there were five assailants, one new report indicated there could have been six.
For readers who missed the original story, Marquez is a former Marine rifleman and sniper scout and one of hundreds of U.S. Marines who were tasked with clearing insurgents from Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. To this day, the battle for Fallujah stands as one of the most bloody, brutal, and deadly of the entire war. Marquez, whose picture graces the front of “My Men Are My Heroes”, was accosted by a gang of black thugs Feb. 12, while eating dinner at a McDonalds in D.C. As he exited the restaurant those “unarmed black men” beat Marquez so severely that he needed hospitalization. They also robbed him of $400, his identification, and three credit cards.
Updated Feb. 24, 2016: The GoFundMe page for Sgt. Chris Marquez has topped the $40K mark!
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