|| By FITSNEWS || Merchants in Forest Acres, S.C. – a municipality located just east of downtown Columbia, S.C. – have created a fund to assist the family of police officer Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty early Wednesday morning.
The Forest Acres Merchant Association has created a GoFundMe account to benefit Alia’s family. In addition to online giving, donations can also be made in person at NBSC (4840 Forest Drive, Columbia, S.C.).
“The members of the Association extend their sympathies to the family of Officer Greg Alia, the victim of this senseless crime,” said Jack Oliver, president of the association. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
“We are establishing a fund to help the family during this trying time,” added Drew Hampton, the group’s vice president and operator of Groucho’s sandwich shop on Forest Drive. “We want to make sure their needs are taken care of.”
Alia, 32, was a seven-year veteran of the Forest Acres police department. He and his wife just celebrated the birth of a baby boy.
UPDATE: There’s also a GoFundMe page set up by Alia’s fraternity brothers.