Cops Buy $700 Plane Ticket So Young Woman Can Fly Home To Florida For Shooting Victim’s Funeral

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

When Jordana Judson found out about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, she was devastated.

Jordana lives in New York now, but grew up in Parkland, Florida. She also graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When she heard the tragic news, she desperately wanted to go home and be with her family.

The day after the shooting, Jordana learned that her family friend, Meadow Pollack, was one of the victims of the senseless attack.

Jordana knew she had to find a way to get home for Meadow’s funeral and the candlelight vigil.

After looking for flights online, the 23-year-old decided to go straight to the airport and try to buy a ticket there. She was worried she wouldn’t be able to afford a last-minute ticket.

Jordana was in tears when she got to the airport, and when she found out the one-way fare was close to $700, she broke down. That’s when two New York state troopers stepped in to help Jordana out.

She wrote on Facebook:

I arrived to the airport in tears, not a suitcase in hand, encountering two New York State Troopers who directed me to the ticket counter. I spoke with an agent and was told a one-way ticket would cost $700 and be non-negotiable.

Minutes later, the state troopers came in to check on me and pulled out two credit cards, paying for my flight. I pleaded for them not to but they said, “It’s already been done. Go be with your family.”

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The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the Parkland shooting victims. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has said this is the official account for donations. You can contribute here.

Photo: Facebook / Jordana Judson

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