MANATEE -- A fundraising campaign has been created for the family of the pastor slain in last week's triple homicide.
The Tripp Battle Memorial Trust has raised $100 so far for the family of James W. "Tripp" Battle, lead pastor at Bayshore Baptist Church, 6502 14th St. W., who was shot dead Thursday.
"On December 4th, James W. 'Tripp' Battle's life and ministry on this earth tragically ended in a senseless killing that took his life and the lives of two others," the campaign text reads.
Organized by friends of Tripp and his wife, Joy, the Tripp Battle Memorial Trust goal is $30,000.
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Andres "Andy" Avalos, the suspect in the triple homicide that rocked Manatee County, was arrested Saturday afternoon less than two blocks from Bayshore Baptist Church where Battle was killed.
Battle was found before the other two victims: Avalos' wife, Amber Avalos; and a neighbor, Denise Potter.
"We know that God will care and provide for Joy and the children and we would like to be a tool in the method by which God provides," reads the campaign. "As you give, please pray for Joy and their children and the other children who lost their parent(s) in this tragedy."
Battle left behind his wife and two children: Sophie, 5; and Joshua, 3.
For more information on the Tripp Battle Memorial Trust, go to youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/tripp-battle-memorial-trust/273618
A fund set up to benefit the Avalos children has raised $1,825. For more information, go togofundme.com/icej1g.
A separate fund to benefit the children of all three victims has raised almost $15,000. For more information, go to gofundme.com/lovebayside
A fund also has been established to raise money for the care of the Avalos dog. For more information, go to youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-the-voiceless-victim/275289.
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.