Fundraiser for family of Lee Walker Heights shooting victim

Press release from Eblen Charities:

Eblen Charities has set up the Derrick Lee Jr. Family Memorial Fund to assist the family of 12-year-old Derrick Lee, Jr. in the wake of his tragic shooting earlier this week at Lee Walker Heights.

The fund will be used to aid the family with funeral costs and other needs during the difficult aftermath of the heartbreaking incidents this past Sunday morning.

“We are saddened, as is our entire community, about the horrific events that claimed the life of Derrick. We are privileged to be working beside the wonderful administration, faculty, and staff of Buncombe County Schools in working with Derrick’s grandmother in this most difficult time,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities.

Donations may be sent to Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806. Checks should be made out to Eblen Charities with Derrick Lee Family Fund noted on the memo.

Donations may also be sent through by clicking on the “Donate” button and scrolling down and highlighting Derrick Lee, Jr.. One hundred percent of all donations will go to assist the Smith family.

For more information, please contact Bill Murdock at 828-242-2848 or via email at

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