$100K raised after Taylor Swift fan is killed coming home from her concert

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A staggering sum of $108,386 (at the time of writing) has been raised to cover the funeral costs of a young man who was killed in an alleged drunk driving incident after leaving a Taylor Swift concert in Houston on Friday.

According to a GoFundMe set up in the wake of his untimely passing, Jacob Lewis, 20, and his sister were coming back home from Taylor Swift's Era Tour in Houston when their car stalled.

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Taylor Swift performs a show for her Eras tour. Credit: ZUMA Press Inc / Alamy

"Jacob at once started to push the car when he was tragically hit and killed by a drunk driver," according to the description on the GoFundMe page.

As reported by local news outlet KHOU 11, authorities identified Alan Bryant, 34, as the alleged drunk driver who fled the scene after the accidental crash. He was charged with failure to stop and give aid and is currently being held at the Harris Country Jail.

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Jacob's sister was also injured in the collision, but her injuries were not fatal.

Per the outlet, Jacob's father Steve Lewis said: "You know, to make it worse, the driver got out, helped my daughter get my son out from under his car, saw what had happened and got in his car and left."

He added: "I hope that everybody who knew Jacob was touched by him and he was a good part of their lives."

The fundraiser was set up by those in "the Pokémon Community of Houston" to help the grieving father "honor the memory of his son by raising money for flowers and funeral costs."

In the GoFundMe, Steve was described as "a prominent leader within the Houston Pokémon scene."

The page reads: "Jacob Lewis spent many years playing the Pokemon TCG in the Houston area He had completed the World Championships, the highest-level event, for many years. Because of this, he has inspired many others to strive for more."

It continues: "Steve is one of the trusted and knowledgeable people within Houston regarding Pokémon. A true leader of the community. It hurts us to see him suffer such a loss."

Donors have left touching comments on the GoFundMe site, with one who knew Jacob personally, writing: "Jacob touched the heart of every person who had the privilege to know him. He was good and kind in the truest sense of the words. He will be sorely missed.

"To the Lewis family- I pass along my sincere condolences. I will never forget my time with Jacob at Theatre Victoria. You raised a special young man. Jacob, I will treasure the memories of driving you home to your grandparents' house and singing 'Hey Jude' at the top of our lungs after rehearsals and shows for the rest of my life. You're my brother for life."

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Another penned: "Long Live Jacob. As I hear this story unfold about a stranger who shares my love for Taylor Swift, and who was at the concert in Houston the same weekend I was, I can’t help but be upset. My brothers name is Jacob too. Praying for his family, especially his sister. Sending all my love."

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Featured image credit: NurPhoto SRL / Alamy

$100K raised after Taylor Swift fan is killed coming home from her concert

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By VT

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A staggering sum of $108,386 (at the time of writing) has been raised to cover the funeral costs of a young man who was killed in an alleged drunk driving incident after leaving a Taylor Swift concert in Houston on Friday.

According to a GoFundMe set up in the wake of his untimely passing, Jacob Lewis, 20, and his sister were coming back home from Taylor Swift's Era Tour in Houston when their car stalled.

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Taylor Swift performs a show for her Eras tour. Credit: ZUMA Press Inc / Alamy

"Jacob at once started to push the car when he was tragically hit and killed by a drunk driver," according to the description on the GoFundMe page.

As reported by local news outlet KHOU 11, authorities identified Alan Bryant, 34, as the alleged drunk driver who fled the scene after the accidental crash. He was charged with failure to stop and give aid and is currently being held at the Harris Country Jail.

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Credit: GoFundMe

Jacob's sister was also injured in the collision, but her injuries were not fatal.

Per the outlet, Jacob's father Steve Lewis said: "You know, to make it worse, the driver got out, helped my daughter get my son out from under his car, saw what had happened and got in his car and left."

He added: "I hope that everybody who knew Jacob was touched by him and he was a good part of their lives."

The fundraiser was set up by those in "the Pokémon Community of Houston" to help the grieving father "honor the memory of his son by raising money for flowers and funeral costs."

In the GoFundMe, Steve was described as "a prominent leader within the Houston Pokémon scene."

The page reads: "Jacob Lewis spent many years playing the Pokemon TCG in the Houston area He had completed the World Championships, the highest-level event, for many years. Because of this, he has inspired many others to strive for more."

It continues: "Steve is one of the trusted and knowledgeable people within Houston regarding Pokémon. A true leader of the community. It hurts us to see him suffer such a loss."

Donors have left touching comments on the GoFundMe site, with one who knew Jacob personally, writing: "Jacob touched the heart of every person who had the privilege to know him. He was good and kind in the truest sense of the words. He will be sorely missed.

"To the Lewis family- I pass along my sincere condolences. I will never forget my time with Jacob at Theatre Victoria. You raised a special young man. Jacob, I will treasure the memories of driving you home to your grandparents' house and singing 'Hey Jude' at the top of our lungs after rehearsals and shows for the rest of my life. You're my brother for life."

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Credit: GoFundMe

Another penned: "Long Live Jacob. As I hear this story unfold about a stranger who shares my love for Taylor Swift, and who was at the concert in Houston the same weekend I was, I can’t help but be upset. My brothers name is Jacob too. Praying for his family, especially his sister. Sending all my love."

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Credit: GoFundMe
Featured image credit: NurPhoto SRL / Alamy