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Friends & family raising money for VMI grad shot in shootout with Boston Marathon bombing suspects

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As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings lands another three people behind bars - friends and family are teaming up to raise money for a VMI grad who was hurt in the shootout with the bombing suspects.

MIT Officer Richard Donahue was injured during the police chase through Watertown, Massachusetts. A bullet is still in his leg - and doctors say he is in for a long recovery. But in a statement on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority blog - Donahue said he isn't in any pain.

When Dr. Salmaan Khawaja, a neuropsychologist with Bon Secours in Chesterfield learned his classmate was fighting for his life, he and several VMI grads decided they needed to do something.  They created a website asking for donations to go towards the officer's family and medical bills.

"It's a really great thing to help someone who has done such a great sacrifice for not only the community of Boston but also for the country," says Dr. Khawaja.

The had hoped to raise $10,000 - but as of Wednesday that had far surpassed that - and have collected close to $74,000!