Wichita gamers hold marathon to raise money for 'swatting' victim's family

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

After the online gaming prank that led to the fatal police shooting of an innocent Wichita man, a local community of online gamers is stepping up to help the man's family.

Next Level Cafe at 3802 East Harry is hosting a three-day gaming marathon to raise money for Andrew Finch's family. He was shot and killed by a Wichita officer after a Los Angeles man called police last month with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a the home where Finch lived. 

Such hoax calls are sometimes called "swatting."

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The pay-to-play marathon at Next Level Cafe started Friday afternoon and ends Monday. Owner Viet Hoang says while the "swatting" incident put a negative light on online gaming, he wants to erase that and help Finch's family.

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"One person did something horrible, but I want to prove that we can counterbalance," Hoang said. "That we can come together as a gamers, as a community, and that we can say, 'No we are better than this.'"

Hoang said he hopes to turn the tragedy into something positive. 

"Some people just want to see the world burn. As sad as it is for the gaming community, that doesn't mean anything because at the end of the day, a guy that had nothing to do with anything won't get to kiss his kids at night anymore."

Find details on the fundraiser below.

Friday:

  • 12pm - 6pm: Uno Tournament - $5
  • 6pm - 12am: Super Smash Brothers - $5

Saturday:

  • 12am - 12pm: Lock-in - $20
  • 12pm - 6pm: Jenga 2v2 - $10 per team of 2
  • 6pm - 12am: Tekken - $5

Sunday:

  • 12am - 12pm: Lock-in - $20
  • 12pm - 6pm: Settlers of Cataan
  • 6pm - 12am: Hearthstone

Monday:

  • 12am - 12pm: Lock-in - $20

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