A mention on Fox News’ “The Five” seems to have swelled the coffers of a fund for the family of Paul and Lidia Marino, killed in May at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The Elkton couple, who recently celebrated their 61st anniversary, had gone to visit the grave of their son. Anthony. They were shot by Sheldon Francis, 29, of Middletown, who was found dead of a gunshot in a nearby neighborhood.
The deaths of the couple horrified the nation, and friends of the family started a Go Fund Me page for the family.
The original target was $10,000.
But after “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld talked about the incident and the fund recently, it shot up to $90,000. On Thursday at noon, it was nearly $122,000.
“The most incredible thing is that most of the donations are $25 or $10,” Fox spokeswoman Jessica Ketner said in an email to Town Square Delaware.
The fund website says Paul, 86, was a veteran of the Army and a talented artist. Lidia, 85, was a homemaker and a seamstress.
They are survived by two sons, 6 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The money is expected to pay for the couple’s funeral as well as help send their two great-grandchildren to college.
The couple’s son, Ray, will be the recipient of the money, the fundraiser page says.