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GoFundMe page set up to help Clayton Collison's family

Last Updated Oct 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm EDT

Photo courtesy of Waterloo Regional Police Service.

One day after a missing Cambridge man was found dead, almost $17,000 has been raised to pay for his funeral.

The body of 20-year-old Clayton Collison was found floating in the waters near the Walter Bean Trail in Kitchener on Tuesday, just as a second day of volunteer search parties were getting underway.

Donations are now pouring in for his family on a GoFundMe page set up hours after the search was called off. As of Wednesday afternoon, 250 people donated $16,800.

The fundraiser was created by Mackenna Carpenter, a friend of Collison’s brother, Lorne. She was hoping to raise a mere $5,000, and says she’s overwhelmed by the support from the community.

“I was in contact with Lorne when they first started looking for Clay. I was really hoping for the best and I think we all were,” she says. “I know money’s not very personal, but any kind of help would be the best kind of help.”

Collison was last seen early Saturday morning, after leaving an Oktoberfest event at Bingemans. A spokesperson with Regional Police tells our newsroom they’re still awaiting the results of a post-mortem, which is being conducted today.

“I plan to take [the money] out and actually give it all to the family, for whatever kind of costs they need to have covered,” says Carpenter. “Nobody expected to have to bury a child… and nobody should have to bury their child.”