Teacher Launches GoFundMe in Memory of ‘Sweet and Kind’ Teenager Killed in Fultondale Tornado


A GoFundMe was set up to help raise funds for the family of a 14-year-old boy killed in Monday’s tornado in Fultondale.

Jason Vogt, a middle and high school teacher in Fultondale, launched the fundraising effort in memory of Elliott Arizaga-Hernandez. The teenager was killed when he, his parents, and another family member took shelter from tornado EF-3 in their basement.

A tree fell on the house and the family were trapped. Elliott was pronounced dead at the scene and his parents were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Saraid, Elliott’s mother was released from UAB Hospital, where she was receiving treatment. Her father, Oscar, is still recovering from his injuries in hospital.

“Elliott was a student in my geometric math class, he was a gentle, kind student who was taken from us far too soon. I have a heartache for this family and want to do something special for them, ” Vogt wrote. “Not only did they lose a child, they also lost their home. “

“Over the next few months, I would like to raise as much money as possible to help support this family in any way,” he said. “Please know that every penny counts, and every penny will go to Elliott’s family.”

Vogt’s GoFundMe is one of two campaigns launched for the family. Also on Wednesday, a colleague of Oscar Hernandez launched a GoFundMe that raised more than $ 17,000.

Elliott Hernandez, 14, was killed in the January 25, 2021 tornado in Fultondale. (GoFundMe)

“Their home is also a total loss and they are overwhelmed with the need for basic items as well as funeral expenses,” wrote Tracey Berry. “Please consider making a donation, but most importantly, keep the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. I’m a colleague of Oscar and we’re just trying to help them get through the early days of this tragedy.

Earlier Wednesday, Governor Kay Ivey on Elliott’s death while touring the storm-ravaged community. “Homes and businesses can be rebuilt,” said Ivey, “but losing a young soul to a storm like this is more than heartbreaking. “

Donations to the Elliott Arizaga-Hernández Relief and Memorial Fund can be made here. Donations to the Tornado Relief & Funeral Fund for Elliott Hernandez can be made here.

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