A donation page dedicated to the family of Lukasz Urban, the truck driver murdered in the Berlin Christmas market attack, has raised more than £37,000 ($45,000) within 24 hours.
Mr Urban, 37, is thought to have been alive after the attack and was shot dead just before the hijacker fled, say reports.
He leaves a widow and a son.
It’s been suggested he was beaten and stabbed before his truck was driven by the hijacker at the market in Breitscheidplatz on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 49 others.
He died from a gunshot wound and was found in the truck’s passenger seat.
An investigator told Die Welt newspaper that the terrorist responsible for the atrocity drew a knife and stabbed the driver several times, possibly because Mr Urban grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to save people.
David Duncan, from Leeds in the UK, set up the donation page.
A dedication from him to Mr Urban on it reads:
“Although I did not know Lukasz, the story of his untimely departure shocked and disgusted me, and I cannot comprehend how his family feel at this awful time. So, as a fellow trucker, I decided ro reach out to the trucking community and beyond to help in some small way. No amount of money will bring Lukasz back, but hopefully it will help his family do what ever they need to do.”
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