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Students raise funds for family of crossing guard killed in subway shooting

Heartbroken students at a Manhattan school paid tribute to a beloved railroad crossing guard who was senselessly shot to death after a fight broke up on a Brooklyn subway. A fundraising site for his family called him a “hero” and raised more than $31,000. Tuesday's.

Students at Avenue the World School flooded the pages with memories of Richard Henderson, 45, who was killed Sunday at the Franklin Avenue Station in Crown Heights.

Mr. Henderson, a father of three and grandfather of two girls, said, “Not only did he work tirelessly as a school crosswalk guardian; He was a protector to all who lived,” reads the confirmed fundraising campaign page.

“Richard's life was a mosaic of selflessness and dedication,” they continued. “For more than a decade, he kept his young life safe as a crossing guard. This role reflected his innate desire to protect and care for those around him.”

Heartbroken students at a Manhattan school paid tribute to Richard Henderson, a beloved railroad crossing guard who was senselessly shot to death after a fight on a Brooklyn subway.
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Students at the Upper West Side campus where he worked, as well as Henderson's family, intervened in an altercation over loud music on a Manhattan-bound train, resulting in fatal injuries. , Henderson was remembered as a peaceful man who always tried to help others. shot.

Leo Prince, a 10th-grader who started the fundraiser, told the Post in an email that the students “adore” Henderson and are now grappling with what he described as “a huge loss for the entire community.” He said he was doing it.

“I hope that ultimately only people from my school community, people from Rich's community, and people who care about tragedies like this will donate,” Prince said Monday night. Ta. “When we set up the GoFundMe, we set a goal of 10,000. We're currently at 12K. We've been using Instagram and Snapchat to spread the word.”

Henderson, 45, was killed Sunday at the Franklin Avenue Station in Crown Heights. Wayne Carrington

By Tuesday morning, 12 hours after the fundraiser began, donations were more than half of the new goal of $40,000.

Students and friends also shared memories on the page, with comments remembering him as an easy-going railroad crossing guard with “the biggest and most beautiful heart.”

“I first met Rich over 10 years ago, when I was about 7 years old. All I remember is that he was someone I always respected and felt comfortable talking to. Memories are of when we played together in the park, ”Izzy Jenin wrote in a fundraiser.

“When we started the GoFundMe, we set a goal of 10,000. We are currently at 12K. We have been using Instagram and Snapchat to spread the word,” said 10th grader Leo Prince. Told.
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“Rich had the biggest, most beautiful heart of all, and everyone who knew him knew that. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.”

Loeffler Randall designer Jesse Randall paid tribute to Henderson on his Instagram Story, writing, “This very special person was a beloved railroad crossing guard at my sons' school.” Ta.

“I hate guns. Life is so unfair. A very kind person killed senselessly,” he added, along with a photo of Henderson hugging the boy.

The NYPD is investigating after Mr. Henderson was shot inside his car at the Franklin Avenue subway station in Brooklyn on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Wayne Carrington
Students and colleagues also shared memories of Mr. Henderson, recalling him as an easy-going crossing guard with “the biggest and most beautiful heart.”
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Mya Kahana, another former Henderson student, said she has known the beloved school employee since she started attending Avenues at age 8.

“That winter, I wore a Seahawks beanie every day. From then on, he always called me Mr. Seattle,” Kahana wrote in the fundraiser.

“I can't believe Friday was the last time I saw him. He was such a nice guy.”

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