NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As they struggle to cope with the murder and dismemberment of their 8-year-old son, the family of Leiby Kletzky is trying to find a way to have some good come out of the horror.
They’ve set up a website – the Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund – with a goal of raising $1 million for needy families.
According to the website, the fund will help orphans cope with tragedy, help needy families feed their kids, help kids falling behind in school, help purchase clothes for kids and more.
The site features a rotating series of pictures of Leiby, depicting him as a toddler on the beach, wearing a fireman’s cap and many others.
“Leiby can never smile sweetly to anyone anymore,” the website reads. “Leiby can never grow up and marry.”
According to the site, the 5013c organization is tax-exempt and non-profit. It will be administered by Leiby’s parents Nachman and Esther Kletzky and their Rabbi, Binyomin Eisenberger.
The site also includes a “Scroll of Condolences” in which users can offer their thoughts on Leiby’s murder.
Early Thursday, the site had raised nearly $46,000 in pledges.
Wednesday, 35-year-old Levi Aron was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the case, along with first-degree kidnapping. Aron faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
The Medical Examiner said Leiby was drugged and smothered before being dismembered.
For more information about the fund, check out its website here.