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Fundraiser Held for Oxford Shooting Victim



    Community members are doing what they can to help the family of Merry Jackson as she recovers in the hospital. Police say Jackson's daughter Lori Gellatly was killed by her estranged husband Scott. (Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014)

    Community members are doing what they can to help the family of Merry Jackson, who was seriously injured two weeks ago in the domestic shooting that killed her daughter, Lori Gellatly.

    Police said Scott Gellatly broke into Jackson's Oxford home and shot his estranged wife, Lori, and mother-in-law.

    As Jackson recuperates in the hospital and prepares to undergo another surgery next week, a fundraiser is being held to help support her recovery.

    All-Star Transportation is holding the fundraiser, which will take place on Thursday at the All-Star Bus Depot in Seymour off of North Main Street. All proceeds will go to the Jackson Family Fund to help the family.

    "The family is very appreciative of the community's outpouring of support. We've raised close to $10,000 now. The expenses are far going to exceed that," said Jerry Schwab, executive director of the Oxford Ambulance Association.

    On Thursday anyone can pay $5 for a hot dog, chips and soda.

    "It's part of the community. You just want to help somebody," said Ann Marie Hanley, who drives for All-Star. "I mean they're close. So a lot of it (is) just hitting home."

    Scott Gellatly is accused of the shootings a day before Scott and Lori were due in court for a hearing on a restraining order.

    Neighbors said cannot come to grips with what happened two weeks ago.

    "We're healing, I guess you would say, but sometimes that takes a long time and sometimes that takes forever," said John Schwarzkopf, who lives on Sioux Drive, down the road from where the crime happened. "What can you say except I'm sorry?"

    The Oxford Ambulance Association set up a Go-Fund Me page days after the shooting to help the victims' family and said the support from the town has been overwhelming.

    "So when something like this happens, people feel very helpless and this is the way they can help the most is to help the family and community heal from this," said Schwab.

    Organizers said there's no monetary goal for the fundraiser. Whatever they raise is "awesome."

    Scott Gellatly is due back in court in early June.