Fundraiser for Family of Young Serbian Woman Who Died in Fortuna Blows Through Goal in Less than a Day
As Fortuna police investigate the death of a 24-year-old Serbian national, Dragana Solaja, money pours into a fundraiser set up to benefit her family. Even though the original goal was $15,000, donors with mainly eastern European names have generously given to the GoFundMe account over $21,000 in the 21 hours the site has been up at the time of this writing.
A commenter, srb, on this website posted that the donations will help with “the costs of repatriating her remains to Serbia.”
Another commenter, najmilijoj, said,
Dragana was one beautiful creature of a beautiful girl from Serbia our beauty and model from a wealthy family who came to America as a student of the fourth year of hotel management.
She loved traveling and she did not even think about what is awaiting her from her family and friends. I write this as someone who knows from Serbia and whose death has shaken her and her whole family. We can not reconcile ourselves to having suffered so badly.
She was a great athlete, she has been playing folklore for many years and has never taken drugs.
Please leave appropriate comments on our Dragana who was killed in a foreign country away from her loved ones.
Solaja was found at 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 suffering from some sort of illness that may have been related to intoxication of some sort. She was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where she later died. Fortuna Police and the Humboldt County Coroner are investigating.
Law enforcement is asking anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Fortuna Police Department at (707) 725-7550 or at the WeTip Hotline 1-800-78-CRIME.