BRIDGEPORT—Barber Deon Rodney, 31, left a heroic legacy when he died defending his co-workers and clients from a masked gunman.

The suspected killer—still at large—took so much away: a father, a husband and a friend.

Now Rodney’s widow’s co-workers are raising money to cover funeral his costs and a trust fund for his 9-year-old daughter.

“Please help us provide Deon with the dignified hero's farewell he deserves,” wrote organizer Suzanne Letso, who described herself as a co-worker of Rodney’s wife, Kimone Waite.

Dozens of people contributed to the GoFundMe page (http://bit.ly/2yt4Xed) Wednesday and Thursday, raising $3,000 in less than 24 hours. The goal for the campaign is $30,000.

“I know that everyone is recognizing his heroism now, but he was always like this. Always a role model and always willing to give,” said Teron Haughton, Rodney’s cousin, a graphic designer who also lives in Connecticut. “Always willing to go out of his way to help a stranger. Nothing has changed in all his years. I guess I’m glad that the masses can now see this.”

Rodney and Waite met in Jamaica, married, and had lived together in Bridgeport for about 5 or 6 years, Haughton said.

Police are investigating the shooting, which was caught on video surveillance and had many witnesses.