Kyle Rittenhouse is receiving an outpouring of support from people across the country after he allegedly shot and killed two people during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month.
According to the NY Post, a Christian crowdfunding site called GiveSendGo has raised over $520,000 for the incarcerated teen. The page is sponsored by a group called “Friends Of The Rittenhouse Family” which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group ANTIFA — the experience was undoubtedly a brutal one, as he was forced to take two lives to defend his own,” the page read.
“Now, Kyle is being unfairly charged with murder 1, by a DA who seems determined to capitalize on the political angle of the situation,” the page continued. “The situation was clearly self-defense, and Kyle and his family will undoubtedly need money to pay for the legal fees. Let’s give back to someone who bravely tried to defend his community.”
Last month, Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two protesters and injured a third during a demonstration that was held after a Kenosha police officer shot Blake seven times in the back. Video footage from the night of the deadly shootings, show an armed Rittenhouse running away saying, “I just shot someone,” after one protester was fatally gunned down.
The 17-year-old has been charged with reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide, two counts of recklessly endangering safety and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18.
On Sep. 25, he appeared remotely for his extradition hearing. A judge was supposed to decide whether or not to keep Rittenhouse in his home state of Illinois or transfer him back to Wisconsin to stand trial. The hearing was inconclusive and the judge will give his ruling on the matter at his next hearing, which is set for Oct. 9