Thousands raised for daughters of Chicago police officer convicted of killing Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke.

CHICAGO (AP) – More than 500 people have contributed more than $45,000 for the two daughters of the Chicago police officer who was convicted this month in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

One of Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys, Tammy Wendt, launched the GoFundMe campaign shortly after a jury earlier this month found the officer guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm — one for each time Van Dyke shot the teen on Oct. 20, 2014.

Van Dyke is in jail awaiting sentencing.

Wendt says on the GoFundMe page that Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany is “left to raise their two children on her own” and that she hopes to raise $100,000 for things like clothing, shelter, and school. The donations range from $5 to $1,000.