Funeral of the four Khanal family members to be held in US, over $60,000 raised in just a day

Khanal family
Photo Credit: NSA-UGA

8 November 2016: Funeral of the four Khanal family members who were killed in a catastrophic road accident in US last weekend will be held sometime this week, said a member of the Nepalese diaspora in Georgia.

CK Parajuli, who is also from Georgia where the fatal accident took place, told southasia.com.au that the last rites will be held according to Hindu tradition as soon as the bodies are released by local authorities later this week.

Sameer Khanal and Subash Khanal, the only two who survived when an 18-wheeler rammed into their Nissan Altima on November 4, are currently recuperating at a local hospital. Their parents and partners were instantly killed in the horrific accident that took place at the intersection of Highway 296 and Fenns Bridge Road in Jefferson County, Georgia. Those who lost their lives were in the back of the backseat while the two men at the front of the vehicle survived.

Subash Khanal is expected to make a full recovery in the next few days, while Sameer Khanal may require “some time” before he fully recovers, Mr Parajuli who is the past president of the Nepalese Association of Georgia, further added.

Sameer Khanal is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia while his brother Subash is a resident doctor.

khanal-familyAn online campaign launched by the Nepalese Student Association at the University of Georgia has already raised over US$60,000 in just one day. The campaign, which GoFundMe says is “trending”, is expected to raise over US$100,000, although, the original target was only US$40,000.

Anyone wishing to donate may do so by visiting below link: https://www.gofundme.com/helpforsameer

According to the NSA, the money will be used for the funeral and also to make the two surviving sons free from financial burden as they concentrate on their recuperation.

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