Taylor Swift followers elevate hundreds for household of man killed after gig


Followers of Taylor Swift have raised greater than £100,000 for the household of a younger man who was killed on his means dwelling from one of many pop star’s concert events.

Jacob Lewis was killed by a suspected drunk-driver after a deadly hit-and-run incident on Friday, April 21.

The 20-year-old and his sister, April Bancroft, 26, had been driving again from Swift’s present at Houston’s NGR Stadium once they bumped into automotive hassle. Jacob had stepped out of the automotive and began to push the car from behind when suspect Alan Hayes, 34, allegedly drove into him. Jacob died on the scene.

Hayes allegedly drove off in a black Volkswagen Beetle and was later seen working on foot from the freeway earlier than being apprehended by officers. He’s at the moment on a $90,000 (£71,573) bond and has been charged with failure to cease and render assist and driving whereas intoxicated.

Now, Swift followers have raised greater than $137,000 (£108,950) for Jacob’s household on a GoFundMe web page.

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Taylor Swift on the ‘Eras’ tour. Credit score: Terence Rushin/Getty

On the time of writing $137,977 (£109,727) has been donated to “honour the reminiscence of [Jacob] by elevating cash for flowers and funeral prices”. Quite a few individuals have donated $13 (£10) to the fundraising marketing campaign in honour of Swift’s favorite quantity.

April, who suffered minor accidents and known as emergency companies following the crash, paid tribute to her brother in an interview with Rolling Stone. “He was simply the perfect brother that you may ever have. He was so candy from the day he was born and he was one of the best ways to be upgraded to a giant sister once I was youthful. We simply bonded a lot as siblings collectively all through the years.”

Karyn Lewis, Jacob’s mom, mentioned: “I solely have Jacob and April. They’re my infants. From a really younger age, he at all times was connected to tales and characters. As a bit of boy, he would gown up, not simply donning capes, however all kinds of characters. He ultimately discovered his approach to the stage. It’s the place he realized to be such an important chief and pal. His expertise ballooned. He lit up the stage. And his voice…”

Jacob’s father Steve Lewis wrote on Fb alongside a hyperlink to the GoFundMe began by mates. “His final act was to push his sister to security on a darkish avenue. There isn’t any approach to describe the magnitude of this loss and the vacancy left in our hearts.”

April and Karyn mentioned that listening to Swift has been a shared household pleasure. Steve launched the household to Swift’s 2006 self-titled album, declaring she was the following large factor.

In 2015 throughout Swift’s ‘1989‘ tour, April and Karyn gained tickets to see one of many reveals.

Whereas they had been there, Swift’s mom, Andrea Swift, noticed the mother-daughter pair and introduced them from their seats to the entrance row. “We had been inside 5 toes from Taylor Swift for the entire live performance,” Bancroft informed Rolling Stone. “It was essentially the most surreal expertise ever.”

April added to ABC 13 that she desires to recollect the final moments together with her brother singing alongside to Swift songs relatively than the horrific incident. She mentioned: “Figuring out we had that have as our final reminiscence is one thing great to carry on to, and I’ll perpetually.”

In the meantime, Swift had paid tribute to The Nationwide by taking part in ‘coney island’, on which they guested, for the primary time on the most recent cease of her ‘Eras’ tour.


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