Community raises $30K for Texas veteran slain in Israel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Donations have poured in for Vanderbilt University student Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death this week during a school trip to Israel.

Supporters have raised more than $30,000 for his funeral expenses as his family prepares to lay him to rest.

Force, a 28-year-old Texas native and student at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, was visiting Tel Aviv on an Owen school trip when the attack in Jaffa, a town outside of Tel Aviv, occurred.

The GoFundMe account, which was created Wednesday, raised three times more than its $10,000 goal in one day.

A message posted to the account said Force’s funeral will be held Monday in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

A memorial service is planned at Vanderbilt University but details have not been released.

As a Boy Scout, Force attained the highest, most difficult rank of Eagle Scout. He was also a National Honor Society member while attending high school at the New Mexico Military Institute.

Force then went on to graduate from West Point with a degree in engineering and industrial management. He was also a member of the ski team there.

The 28-year-old was also an Army veteran, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq, making it home from both war zones safely.

Force served in the Army from 2009 to 2014 and then took about a year off after active duty. He lived in Lexington, Kentucky, before moving to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt.

“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” said Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos.

To visit the GoFundMe page set up for Taylor Force, click here.

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