• Fundraiser raises nearly $15K for guardsman robbed while assisting hurricane victims

    By: Briana Harper

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Twenty-four-year-old Luis Ocampo did not get the homecoming he imagined after serving for days along the North Carolina coast as an Army National Guardsman.

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    While he was away helping those impacted by Hurricane Florence, he said his home back in Charlotte was robbed.

    Friends and family started a GoFundMe page for Ocampo and his family with a goal of $5,000. 

    In one day, they were able to raise nearly $15,000, thanks to donations from nearly 400 people. 

    The person who started the page posted this statement Saturday. 

    "Your generosity and willingness to help a soldier in need is simply amazing. We are so grateful for these donations beyond belief." 

    Spc. Ocampo shares the home with his girlfriend, Kailey Finch, and their 1-year-old son.

    Finch told Channel 9 Friday that she was shocked when she learned about the break-in.

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    “I don’t know how people can be so terrible," she said.

    She and her son were away when the burglars broke in Thursday night.

    The family believes the suspects snuck in through a back window and ransacked the place.

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    “If I was (to) do that to someone, I feel like I would feel really bad afterwards. I would be like, I see this family struggling and I just messed up their life even worse," said Finch.

    According to officials, the thieves took a gun, a large TV, a gaming system, a laptop Ocampo uses for schoolwork and even some specialty coins and jewelry.

    “It's irreplaceable. It's not something you can get back," said Finch.

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    Beyond the valuables, Finch said her heart also breaks for her hardworking guardsman.

    "He does a lot for everybody. He always wants to make sure that everybody gets help," she said.

    The family told Channel 9 that they are considering an alarm system for their home and have started a GoFundMe to recover from the robbery.

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     Police do not have any suspects at this point.

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