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'Serial' fans set up scholarship to honour victim Hae Min Lee

Listeners are hoping to raise $25,000 to give back to Lee’s community.
Dec 16th 2014, 10:47 AM 6,651 6

FANS OF THE PODCAST Serial have decided to honour the woman at the centre of the story, Hae Min Lee, by raising money for a scholarship in her name.

The massively popular show will post its final episode on Thursday – it explores the case of Adnan Syed, who was jailed in 2000 for the murder of Lee, his ex-girlfriend.

Journalist Sarah Koenig has been digging into Syed’s case for over a year to determine whether or not he is guilty and presenting her findings each week.

Now, avid fans who discuss the podcast on Reddit’s Serial forum are trying to raise $25,000 to donate to Baltimore’s Woodlawn High School, which both Lee and Sayed attended.

Forum moderator Jake White said he had gotten in touch with a guidance counsellor at the school, who agreed to enact the scholarship:

Listeners and members of the Serial subreddit have created a huge and wonderful community on which the podcast’s first season is focused. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to be donated to Woodlawn High School to establish the Hae Min Lee scholarship. This would represent one dollar from every subscriber.

At the time of writing, over $900 had been raised.

Previously a man claiming to be the brother of Hae Min Lee posted in the forum, saying the podcast sensationalised his sister’s murder, and admonishing Redditors for demanding that the family respond:

TO ME IT’S REAL LIFE. To you listeners, it’s another murder mystery, crime drama, another episode of CSI. You don’t know what we went through.

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