As most of you in Philadelphia have already heard, a terrible tragedy wracked our city Wednesday. Sabina Rose O’Donnell was a twenty-year-old Northern Liberties resident and popular waitress at PYT Bar and Restaurant in the Piazza. She was brutally raped and murdered on her way home from work late Wednesday night.

Sabina Rose O'Donnell
Sabina Rose O'Donnell

I met Sabina only in passing one evening while being served by her at PYT, but it was not hard to tell she was one of the great ones: a special, gentle spirit who was quick to smile and slow to judge. She weighed probably less than 100 pounds. To think of the horror of her final moments just simply makes me sick to my stomach.

While Philadelphia police are no doubt hard at work in tracking down her assailant, (the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that images from a security camera taken on the night Sabina died shows a man doubling back on his bicycle to follow her after she had passed in the opposite direction), one of the ways in which we can help is by raising funds for her funeral and for the reward to catch her killer.

How you can help

Easiest way to donate $5.00: Simply text SABINA to 56624

Sabina’s family is seeking donations to help defer funeral expenses.

“Sabina was a gifted, beautiful spirit whose loss will be felt by many. Please help us expedite this investigation,” Rachel O’Donnell said Thursday night. “Sabina was very loved and it feels very good to know she had a lot of people that cared about her.”

You can donate to the Sabina Rose O’Donnell Fund here:

Additional details about how to send a text message to donate are here.

The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association is also helping raise money to help Sabina Rose O’Donnell’s family with funeral and memorial expenses. Donations to the NLNA are tax-deductible. All proceeds will go to the family.

You can donate online via PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button on the NLNA site. Before you finish, be sure to click on the “Purpose of Donation” line in PayPal and specify that your donation is for Sabina O’Donnell’s family.

You can also donate by sending a check payable to “NLNA,” 700 N. 3rd St. 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Specify the purpose of your donation on the memo line of your check.

See the Phrequency Blog for some additional info about donations, or the Facebook page set up in her honor here.

A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Call 215-546-TIPS.

The implications of this tragedy resound in a similar fashion as to that which befell University of Virginia student Yeardley Love last month. It is a grave and utter shame that these two young ladies’ lives had to end so soon, before they could truly find their respective places in the world and illuminate it with their beauty, talents and love. It is also time that men everywhere show greater respect for what is probably our greatest gift in life: women.

Easiest way to donate $5.00: Simply text SABINA to 56624

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