GoFundMe account surpasses $25,000 goal
A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.
The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.
A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.
According to the GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/in-kelsys-memory, “Kelsy leaves behind two beautiful, talented daughters, Addison (almost 5) and Kendall (3). Kelsy’s greatest joy in life was her children. They meant everything to her, and she was committed to providing the best for them. In her memory, we would like to set up a scholarship fund for her girls. Any donation is appreciated as it will help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence.”
Kelsy Thomson, 35, died at the hand of her husband, Brian Thomson, 41, Whitehall Township police said.
Officers were called to their home, 1926 Belleview Drive, about 2:30 p.m. after a family member requested that police check on her welfare. When officers arrived, they found the couple dead. State police, the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Task Force and a forensics unit were called to assist at the scene.
Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks confirmed Friday the deaths were a murder-suicide. Brian Thomson killed his wife, then himself.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled Kelsy Thomson’s death a homicide, adding she died of gunshot wounds to the body. He ruled Brian Thomson’s death a suicide. Marks said his death also was caused by a gunshot.
Although Marks said the investigation is still in progress, the motive for the deaths was “family issues.”
“We’re still tracking down information to help give the family closure,” Marks said.
Earlier reports from area media outlets indicated police had been called to the Thomson residence on other occasions. Marks said those comments, told to reporters on the scene, were false and township police had never been called there.
Marks said the children were not in the home at the time.
Contributors to the GoFundMe account – 255 and counting – have echoed the sentiments made by the creators of the account. Many commented on Kelsy Thomson’s kindness and her love for her daughters.
Noted one contributor, “May they always feel like they have a constant guardian angel watching over them and protecting them.”