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Why one woman donated to Chattanooga's Witness Support Fund

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United Way of Chattanooga will now administer donations for the city's Witness Support Fund but police will determine how that money is spent. 

Susan Borum works at a local animal clinic with her daughter, she and her family adopted the Scenic City as their home a few years ago. 

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"I have family that lives here, children and grandchildren and I want them to live in a safe community," she said. 

Borum doesn't know much about the gangs in Chattanooga but she's heard about the violence that's claimed the lives of too many. 

"I've really been touched by the young mom who died, who was murdered," she said.

Borum says she was watching Channel 3 on Wednesday morning and felt compelled to donate to the city's Witness Support Fund. 

It supports those like Bianca Horton. 

The 26-year-old was gunned down in May before she ever got the chance to testify against the man accused to shooting her daughter. 

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke calls the community support incredible. 

"To me, it makes a big statement when people in our community say we want to help others who are trying to do the right thing," Berke added. 

Thousands of dollars will be given to those who are working with investigators to solve some of Chattanooga's most violent crimes to make sure they are protected and safe. 

Borum believes this is how a difference can be made. 

"I think that's the only way that it's going to get under control by people coming forward, but they have to feel safe," Borum said, "I don't blame them for feeling frightened."

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