‘General Hospital’ Star Johnny Wactor’s Family Launches $100,000 Crowdfunding Campaign After Fatal Shooting; Donations Exceed $50,000 in 24 Hours

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to support the family of late “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor earned more than $50,000 in donations in its first 24 hours. The campaign was started by Wactor’s godmother, Michaelle Kinard, after the actor was shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles on May 25. Wactor was 37 years old. The crowdfunding goal is set at $100,000 and has exceeded $83,900 from 800 donations and counting.

“On May 25, my dearest and best friend’s son was murdered. He was the victim of the most senseless crime,” Kinard wrote on the GoFundMe campaign’s page. “Johnny Wactor, (known to many as Brando Corbin on ‘General Hospital’), was living his dream in LA. Early Saturday morning, Johnny was leaving his evening job with a coworker when they came upon three guys attempting to steal his catalytic converter. He thought he was going to be towed and said ‘Am I being towed?’ The person stood up with a mask on and said nothing and shot him.”

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“Johnny was the kindest soul. My heart is utterly broken and somehow we NEED justice for Johnny!” Kinard continued. “I want to raise money for his mother, Scarlett, and his brothers, Lance and Grant, to be able to travel the distance of 2000 miles (the many times it may take) to take care of this heartbreaking business which they have been sentenced.

“With God‘s will, the killer will be arrested and the family will see him face to face,” she added. “This may help bring closure to this tragedy. Any excess donations will be donated to the charities the family chooses in memory of Johnny.”

Wactor portrayed Brando, son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Borroughs) who was married to drug addict Sasha Corbin (Sofia Mattsson), in “General Hospital” from 2020 to 2022. He appeared in more than 160 episodes. His additional television credits includes episodes of “Army Wives,” “Westworld,” “The OA,” “Station 19,” “Siberia,” “Agent X,” “Vantastic,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Hollywood Girl,” “Training Day,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” “The Passenger” and more.

Wactor’s talent agent, David Shaul, confirmed the actor’s death to Variety the day after the shooting.

“Johnny Wactor was a spectacular human being. Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude. In the highs and lows of a challenging profession he always kept his chin up and kept striving for the best he could be,” Shaul said in a statement. “Our time with Johnny was a privilege we would wish on everyone. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever.”

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