GoFundMe Reaches More Than $100K for Woman Killed in Florida Gas Station Explosion

A fundraiser to help support the family of a woman killed in a Florida gas station has reached over $111,000.

Shoi Caballes was killed on Wednesday in a tragic accident at a Palm Harbor gas station. Two of her children survived the explosion after trying to save their mother, which was caused by a driver unintentionally parking their car into a pump. The collision pinned Cabelles against a dislodged gas pump that soon caught on fire. Following the tragedy, the baseball coach at East Lake High School set up a GoFundMe page to assist the family.

"I feel blessed to have gotten to know this family through coaching their oldest son at East Lake High School for 3 years," wrote Zach Roper on the GoFundMe's page. "It is still very easy for me to say today, there will not be a player or family I loved and admired more than the Caballes family."

The fundraiser quickly began raising money toward its goal of $125,000. People from Palm Harbor and beyond began donating in memory of Caballes.

"Losing a parent is hard enough let alone at this age, so young, so much life left to live, and days before Christmas," wrote one donator. "I'm devastated by this family's loss and will keep them in my prayers."

"The whole of our community shares in your tragic loss," said another. "We stand with the Caballes family as they each make their way to bring peace in their lives and the others they will impact along the way."

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Many of the donations given towards the fund ranged between ten and thirty dollars. However, some good Samaritans are donating even more. As of this writing, the top donation towards the Cabelles' family fundraiser is from an anonymous donor who gave $5,000.

On Thursday night, a memorial service was held that was attended by the surviving Caballes family members. Hundreds of people dressed in blue and white, Shoi's favorite colors according to one of her sons, came to pay their respects to the mother of five. She was fondly remembered as a mother figure to all who knew her.

"So meticulous," family friend Chase Arnold told local news station Fox 13. She never missed a birthday, never missed anything, at every event, just one of the kindest, most caring souls."

Those who wish to donate to the Caballes family's GoFundMe can do so here.