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Kurt Schilling, pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, and his wife have raised more than $150,000 in donations after their four children were killed in a car accident. Meanwhile, a judge rejected a request to have the killer’s bond set at $4 million — $1 million for each child.

Two GoFundMe campaigns were set up for the family, and have collectively raised more than $150,000.

“Pastor Kurt Schilling and his wife Paulina had their world turned upside down when their 4 children Daniel, Fabian, Lilian and Daniela were tragically killed in a car accident,” one GoFundMe campaign states.

Local media reported that driver Scott Farmer, 47, was heading the wrong way on a highway when his vehicle hit their SUV on December 16 around 9 p.m. The head-on crash killed three of the passengers at the scene, while the fourth died at a hospital.

Farmer, reportedly a repeat offender, was driving with a suspended license and an opened bottle of vodka.

The district attorney trying the case requested that the judge set Farmer’s bond at $4 million. However, the judge set this cash bail at $750,000.

“We have God, our family, our faith and our friends, our church family, and lots of good people around us, so in that sense, I know we will get through this somehow but we won’t have a future with our children, with any grandchildren,” Schilling told local station WBAY-TV.

Schilling was the children’s stepfather. His wife, Paulina Gonzalez-Medina, and her children originally hail from the Indigenous community of Saraguro, Ecuador, according to one of the GoFundMe pages.

Gonzalez-Medina told WBAY-TV through a translator that memories of her children will live forever even though her heart was broken. She has one remaining child living in Ecuador.

The crowdfunding campaigns were organized to help cover expenses for funerals and memorial services to be held both in Wisconsin and Ecuador.

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