Issa Rae, star and creator of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and the upcoming HBO series Insecure, has started a scholarship fund for the children of Alton Sterling.

“Can we get a scholarship fund going 4 #AltonSterling’s son/kids?” she tweeted Wednesday (July 6). “Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that’s a small step.”

Within hours of starting the fund via GoFundMe, $200,000 was raised. Entertainment Weekly reports that Rae reached out to the family’s attorney and will follow-up on Thursday (July 7).

Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, was fatally shot by police outside of a Louisiana convenience store on Tuesday. A graphic video of the altercation shows Sterling being held on the ground before being shot multiple times in the chest and back. The incident has sparked national protest, and a civil rights investigation has been opened by the Justice Department, the New York Times reports.

SOURCE: Twitter, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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