Employees at a Nanaimo coffee shop where an alleged murder happened this past weekend are trying to raise money to help the business owners however they can.

An 80-year-old Buzz Coffee House employee died Saturday, Feb. 13, “in a horrible incident that no one could have planned and occurred inside of the café,” noted a GoFundMe set up by employee Kyah Hands.

A 29-year-old who was arrested at the scene has been charged with second-degree murder after what Nanaimo RCMP referred to as a “random incident with a tragic outcome.”

Hands said the co-owners of the business approved the fundraiser and want the community to know that it was a “member of the Buzz Coffee House family” who died, though they preferred not to identify him by name for now.

Hands said she’s hoping money raised can cover things like funeral costs, counselling and employee wages.

“I don’t know if they’re even going to be re-opening … not for the foreseeable future … so they have a…

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