Silent auction fundraiser for family of North Platte murder victim


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – Geoffery Allen, 23, died shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday after his mother had the chance to say goodbye to him. The young man was removed from life support after doctors declared him brain dead.

Allen died after being found unconscious, unable to breathe and stripped of all his belongings in North Platte on Wednesday. He was taken by rescue flight to Denver, but did not wake up. Now people are coming to the community to help her family.

Scott Schroeder of North Platte began planning a silent auction fundraiser on Friday morning. Schroeder says he’s working with Zach Hiebner of North Platte’s Good Life on the Bricks and that they are planning the silent auction for Friday, August 20 at Good Life on the Bricks. Hiebner also donates a portion of all Friday dinner sales to Allen’s family.

Schroeder hopes the city’s businesses, as well as private citizens, will come forward to donate in any way, including offering items for the silent auction.

In addition, a bank account is opened at Adams Bank and Trust at North Platte. The bank asks people to put “Geoffery Allen” in the note of any donation. The account is held in the names of Rebecca and Andrew Chessmore.

Those who wish to join and comfort the family of Geoffery Allen, 23, can join them for a candlelight vigil set for Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

The family gathers Sunday at Cody Park by the river for the vigil and to drop balloons.

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