They hope to raise a lot more.
“This is a horrific tragedy for those young boys,” said Kerith Dilley, executive director of the AFJC Foundation. “They have a long and painful road ahead of them. That is why we are reaching out to the public and asking them to assist.”
Wayne and Herminia Zickefoose were found dead in their backyards with gunshot wounds to their heads June 13, police said. Investigators believe Wayne Zickefoose, 51, killed his wife, then tried to kill his sons, 5 and 3, before turning the gun on himself.
He shot his 3-year-old three times – in the chest, shoulder and abdomen, but he miraculously survived, said Sgt. Rick Martinez. While he’s still hospitalized, doctors are optimistic that he’ll recover. The 5-year-old managed to escape without injury.
Dilley said all funds will be used to support the boys. The money will go toward medical expenses and the upbringing of both boys, who are with relatives in Wisconsin.
“This is one of those situations where we hope the community will show its support for helpless children in need,” Dilley said. “Every little bit helps.”
To donate, click here, call the foundation at 714-765-1618 or email Dilley directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read an Orange County Register story about the murder-suicide, click here.