Aaron Ybarra allegedly opened fire at SPU last week, killing one person and wounding three others, and he was only stopped when Jon, a student building monitor, tackled and pepper-sprayed the gunman.
It was soon discovered that Jon was getting married on June 21, mere weeks after the tragic event, so a link to his registry was found and posted to Redd it. And then the Internet got to work.
By Friday afternoon, the campaign went viral and random strangers had purchased every single item on his Target and Crate & Barrel registry. But it didn't stop there.
Jessamyn McIntyre, a Seattle resident who has no personal relationship with Jon, started a fundraiser so people who wanted to show their gratitude and support could donate toward his future with his soon-to-be wife. The goal was to raise $5,000. As of Monday, almost $50,000 has been donated by people from all over the world.
"Seattle Police say if [Jon] didn't take action that day, there was almost certain to be more loss of life. This couple hasn't asked for anything, but many wish to contribute to their future," she wrote on the GoFundMe page. "I am astounded by the response from Seattle, the country and around the world. You have all shown the good side of humanity."
By Monday Jon finally spoke thanking everyone and asking that further donations go to victims and their families reported E Online.