- A GoFundMe to honor Halyna Hutchins has raised nearly $US100,000 ($AU134,092) in less than 24 hours.
- Hutchins was killed Thursday on the set of the movie “Rust.”
- Hutchins died after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on set that contained a “live round” of ammunition.
A fundraiser started to honor the memory of Halyna Hutchins, the 42-year-old cinematographer who died Thursday on the set of the film “Rust,” has raised nearly $US100,000 ($AU134,092) in under 24 hours.
The GoFundMe fundraiser was started Friday by International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, a workers union that represented Hutchins and represents cinematographers.
“Local 600 mourns the passing of Halyna Hutchins, a Director of Photography who died from injuries sustained on the set of ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, on Thursday, October 21,” the guild said in a statement attached to the GoFundMe.
It added: “Halyna is survived by her husband, Matthew, and her 9-year-old son. In memory of Halyna, Local 600 has set up this GoFundMe page to help raise funds for her family at this difficult time. We encourage you to donate if you can.”
More than 1,200 people have donated to the fundraiser, which has brought in more than $US95,000 ($AU127,387) as of noon Saturday.
As Insider previously reported, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said that actor Alec Baldwin, who stars and is a producer on the film, discharged a prop firearm, resulting in the death of Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.
A union representing prop masters told its members said the prop gun Baldwin fired on the set contained a “live round.” According to a search warrant filed in Santa Fe on Friday, Baldwin was told by the film’s assistant director the gun did not contain live rounds prior to his firing it.
“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation,” Matthew Hutchins, 38, told Insider on Friday of his wife’s death.
“I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate,” he added.
Hutchins was born in Ukraine and grew up on an Arctic military base before she worked as a journalist and later moved on to film, Insider previously reported.