Tampa, Florida-- Thousands of dollars have been donated for the families of four University of South Florida students who were killed in a head-on collision on Sunday morning.
The students were all in a USF fraternity called Sigma Beta Rho. The fraternity's national president set up a fund online for people to donate to the students' families for funeral costs. The fraternity set a goal of $40,000.
"We decided on $40,000 because that would mean each family will get $10,000," said the local fraternity's president, Raj Patel.
They surpassed their goal. They raised the $40,00 in 15 hours. In less than 24 hours after the fund was set up, they raised more than $60,000.
"It's so humbling because I loved these guys so much, they are my brothers, and to know that not only my heart goes out to them, but so does everyone else's heart, is amazing," said Patel.
The students are, Imtiyaz Jim Ilias, Dammie Yesudous, Jobin Kuriakose, and Ankeet Patel. All of them 20 to 22-years-old. Two of them are from Melbourne, one is from Orlando and the other is from Fort Myers.
Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias is from Fort Myers. His family owns a convenience store there and the store closed Sunday with a sign that read "Closed for family emergency." On Monday, there were flowers and a memorial set up in front of the store.
"I feel like this dark hole is in me," said Jim's brother Ghan Ilias. "We just talked on Saturday and I was able to tell him that I love him, and he did say he loves me too, and my dad was there too because we all Face-Timed, so my dad got to see us say those words to each other."
There will be a candle lit vigil on Thursday at USF's Marshall Center at 3:30 p.m.
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