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Family overwhelmed with donations for Surrey teen killed in windstorm

Shakir Salaam was killed when a tree fell on him during a windstorm in Metro Vancouver. (Courtesy: GoFundMe)

Victim died of his injuries after a tree fell on him during a windstorm last Friday afternoon

Counsellors will be at Clayton Heights Secondary School

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A GoFundMe page has been set up in the memory of Shakir Salaam, he’s the 15-year-old student at Clayton Heights Secondary School who was killed when he was hit by a falling tree during Friday’s windstorm.

Tammy Larson is a concerned parent who set up the page. She says what happened to Salaam could have happened to anyone and after speaking with both sides of the boy’s family, she was able to determine where they would like the raised funds to go. “They wanted the money to go to possibly building a well in an impoverished country in Shakir’s family and as well setting up a rugby scholarship.”

Amazingly, as a baby, Salaam had two open heart surgeries. And he always said he’d like to donate to BC Children’s Hospital, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, because he credited his life to those two charities. “Shakir’s family is very lucky that they can afford [the funeral] and they’re OK with it. But I just wanted to step forward in case they didn’t have any money to be able to have something there for them in their time of need.”

Counsellors will be at the high school today as friends, family, school officials and the community mourn the teen’s tragic loss.