Kanye West donates $150,000 to family of security guard who tackled a shooter and was gunned down by cop
The officer is under investigation over the fatal shooting of a security guard who was trying to take down a suspected gunman at a bar fight just outside of Chicago
Tragedy befell security guard Jemel Roberson's family when he was shot and killed by the police in an attempt to subdue a suspected gunman just outside Chicago, in the early hours of last Sunday morning. As they recover from the loss, Kanye West has decided to step in and help them through the process. As TMZ reported, the 41-year-old 'Heartless' rapper has donated $150,000 to the family of the murdered security guard.
It all started with a GoFundMe page set up to help the family, with an initial goal of $10,000. To their overwhelming surprise, Kanye could be seen making 10 donations of $15,000 each early this Friday evening. As of Friday night, the page has seen a total raise of $302,890 out of the $150,000 goal.
The donation followed shortly after Kanye's controversial support for The White House and especially, his visit there to meet with US President Donald Trump recently. While the move had fans baffled and the majority of them disappointed, things have become calm for the rapper with his fans. But sadly, he and wife Kim Kardashian West are also dealing with the California wildfires, which reportedly came very close to their Calabasas home last week.
As for security guard Jemel's death, officials stated that "Illinois state police on Tuesday investigated an officer over the fatal shooting of the 'brave' security guard who had apprehended a suspected gunman at a bar outside Chicago," reported Daily Mail Online.
"The officer was placed on administrative leave after the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday at Manny's Blue Room Lounge in the town of Robbins, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Midwestern city."
Armed security guard Jemel Roberson was trying to stop gunman at #Robbins bar when a responding #MidlothianIL police officer killed him, say witnesses. 26 yr old #piano player will be missed in #Chicago’s #gospel scene. Was studying to take #ChicagoPD test. Investigation ongoing pic.twitter.com/UAHTgsQ3H1— LAUREN VICTORY (@LaurenVictory) November 12, 2018
According to reports, 26-year-old Jemel was working at the bar, and when an argument erupted leading to the shooting, he decided to intervene. While several local police did respond to the incident, it managed to leave four people wounded, including the gunman. Luckily, none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
Daily Mail also shared witnesses account of the shooting: "A police officer from the nearby village of Midlothian arrived at the scene and shot Roberson, despite the guard wearing a uniform with 'security' emblazoned on it, according to witnesses."
Eyewitness Adam Harris reportedly told Chicago news station WGN that "Roberson had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back, like, 'Don't move'." He added: "Everybody was screaming out, 'Security!' He was a security guard." Still, according to him, the police "saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him." Jemel later died of his injuries in the hospital. The officer under investigation hasn't been formally identified yet, but a departmental clerk confirmed that he's a white offer who was "placed on administrative leave pending the inquiry".