UPDATE: GoFundMe page for Surrey teen killed in storm raises more than $20K

Shakir Salaam was killed after a tree fell on him at Clayton Heights Secondary

SURREY – A GoFundMe page set up to raise money in honour of the Surrey teen killed during Friday’s storm has raised more than $20,000 so far.

Shakir Salaam died after a tree fell on him at Clayton Heights Secondary School.

“Today we lost a beautiful young man suddenly and tragically when a tree came down (in a storm) near his school and fell on him,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Shakir Salaam’s beautiful soul and kindness touched so many lives and he was taken too soon.”

SEE ALSO: Surrey teen dies after tree falls on him at Clayton Heights Secondary school

Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.

The donation page says it is raising money in Shakir’s honour and that the family is “overwhelmed” with the public’s generosity.

“His family has requested we donate a portion to local Mosques in our area for perpetual prayers, donations to the local Muslim Food Bank in Shakir’s name and we are going to look into donating a portion to setting up a water well in a impoverished country,” reads the post. “The rest of the donations will be set up for a 16 year rugby scholarship/grant given yearly to 2 students who represent the integrity and spirit Shakir was known for, as well we will have a plaque placed at Shakir’s high school (Clayton Heights Secondary) in his memory and honour.”

Surrey’s deputy Fire Chief Larry Thomas said the tragic accident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Friday at the school, which is located at 6965 188 St.

When first responders arrived, Thomas said, they found the boy in a wooded area near the school, with a tree on top of him.

The boy was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

SEE ALSO: More than 75,000 customers in the dark with heavy afternoon rain, wind

At the time, a wind warning from Environment Canada was in effect.

The Surrey RCMP Youth Section is investigating along with the BC Coroner’s Service.

“The Surrey RCMP is asking people to stay out of wooded areas during periods of high wind,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann.

A third storm is set to hit the Lower Mainland Saturday and forecasts predict it will be the worst of three to hit the region.

-With files from Beau Simpson

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