From Victim First

Raising money to support the DeChhat family. A mother (Boua 30) & Child (Mason 6) who tragically drowned on the evening of June 9, in the Merrimack River by Amesbury, Massachusetts.

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Boua and Mason DeChhat tragically drowned on the evening of June 9, 2022 in the Merrimack River by Amesbury, Massachusetts. Boua(30) heroically tried to save her children, Elyssa(7) and Mason(6), who were taken by the water's edge and swept away by the current. She was able to save Elyssa and hand her off to a fishing boat that came over to help, but drowned trying to save her son Mason. They are survived by husband/father Sammy DeChhat(31), daughter/sister Kayleen(12), and son/brother Kayden(14). Two of six in the family died that day. Three of the four children attend the Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts. Any help is appreciated for funeral costs, housing, and support for the family in this incredibly difficult time.

We, VictimsFirst (a network of families of the deceased and survivors from over two decades of previous mass shootings) have started this fund to make sure that 100% of what is collected goes DIRECTLY to the victim base so the victims’ families and are protected from fraud and exploitation. You can read more about what we do and who we are at


We do this because our own families have been re-victimized in the past by non-profits that collect funds for themselves after a tragedy like this saying they will “support” the families, which is usually the legal verbiage used when donations do not go directly to victims/survivors themselves.

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