An online fund set up in honour of Sunderland teenager Connor Brown has received donations by more than 1,000 people and has now topped the £20,000-mark.
Eighteen-year-old Connor was found with life-threatening injuries consistent with those of a stabbing behind The Borough pub in Park Lane at around 1.30am on Sunday morning.
The GP receptionist was rushed to the RVI in Newcastle for treatment but was sadly pronounced dead.
A funding page set up to support Connor's loved ones smashed through its £8,000 target in just a day.
Within 24 hours of being set up, the RIP Connor Brown page on Go Fund Me had collected more than £14,500.
The appeal total now stands at more than £20,500.
The former Sunderland midfielder donated £2,500 to the fund, and left a message which said: "All of our thoughts are with family and friends of Connor at this heart breaking time. RIP Connor."
Silksworth takeaway Devitos has also donated £500.
Ex-Geordie Shore star Chartlotte Crosby donated £200 to the fund and made a video on her Instagram account, which is followed by more than six million people, appealing for others to join her and donate.
She added that she met Connor on a night out recently and posted a picture of the two of them together.
Connor's Sunday League team Seaburn FC will take on a side made up of his friends, with proceeds going towards the appeal.
To donate to the appeal click here.