Community raises thousands for Mummers crash victims, families via GoFundMe

- Community members are coming together in the wake of a fatal South Philadelphia crash that left three people dead and one woman critically injured.

One of those killed was 31-year-old Dennis Palandro, of Morton. His wife, Nicole, remains in critical condition.

Also killed were 35-year-old Kelly Wiseley, of Glenolden, and 36-year-old Joseph Ferry, of South Philadelphia. The couple had became engaged over the holidays.

The driver in that crash, 29-year-old Keith Campbell, of Bear, Delaware, was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and related offenses. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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Since the crash, multiple fundraisers have been set up on behalf of the victims and their families via GoFundMe.

Ava Graham, a friend of the victims, set up one of those fundraisers with a group of 10 friends. She joined Good Day on Friday to share their efforts.

Graham said she had not yet been able to see her longtime friend, Nicole Palandro, but had visited the family.

"We decided, you know what? She has been through so much," Graham said. "She is going to have to deal with not having her husband. She lost friends, and then just being the only survivor. It's just absolutely – we said the last thing we want is for her to wake up and to have to worry about money. I don't want that for her."

Graham says the family is appreciative of what friends, donors and their Mummers family have already done in the wake of the tragedy.

The GoFundMe for Nicole Palandro raised more than $120,000 as of Tuesday morning. The GoFundMe for the family of Kelly Wiseley raised more than $30,000. The GoFundMe for Joseph Ferry raised more than $28,000.

Angelo Lutz, of the Kitchen Consigliere Cafe, has also set up a foundation to honor Ferry and Dennis Palandro, both members of the South Philadelphia String Band with the Palandro Ferry Memorial Foundation.

Those interested in donating to the foundation can do so here.

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