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Fundraiser established in memory of sheriff's deputy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A nonprofit fundraising organization is asking for donations to the family of a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy who died last week.

Oscar Batista died on May 9, and was escorted to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday to be laid to rest in New York, according to a Facebook post on the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Honor Guard page. Batista is survived by his wife and four children, ages 13, 5, 2 and six weeks.

Project LEO, which stands for Law Enforcement Officer, a division of Georgia Ethics Inc., has established a charitable fundraiser to help the family.

To make a tax-deductible donation through PayPal, visit www.projectleo.org, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "PayPal" to donate on the left side of the screen. Reference GCSD-0512 in the comments section when making your donation. A receipt will be provided after the transaction is completed.

For more information, contact Michelle Couch at 770-676-8924 or email michelle.couch@americanangelworks.org or email Kenneth Stepp at info@americanangelworks.org.