Non-profit founder, 32, found shot dead in his Virginia home: Wife called 911, claiming an intruder
A 32-year-old founder of a nonprofit organization was found dead Friday at his home in Fairfax, Virginia, which he shared with his wife and two young children. His wife claims that an intruder shot him.
Gret Glyer, founder of the non-profit organization DonorSee, was found dead around 3 a.m. Friday at his home in Bolton Village Court with mysterious gunshot wounds.
Police could not confirm where he was shot, but told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that an autopsy on Saturday ruled his death manslaughter.
It is the first murder in Fairfax in 14 years, police said. The couple had moved to the neighborhood for the past six months.
DonorSee founder Gret Glyer, 32, of Fairfax, Virginia, was found dead around 3 a.m. Friday at his Bolton Village Court home with mysterious gunshot wounds.
His wife Heather and their two small children Gryphon and Gailie, 6 and 22 months, were at home at the time of the shooting but were unharmed.
Heather reportedly called 911, and according to police and radio recordings, she told officers she heard a loud noise and believed an intruder had fatally injured her husband.
“She heard a loud noise and thinks her husband was shot. She thinks someone has entered the house,” said a coordinator Fox 5 DC†
Fairfax police were unable to confirm to DailyMail.com whether or not Heather is currently a suspect in the case, as the investigation is “very active.” Heather could not be reached for comment.
His wife Heather reportedly called 911 and told 911 that she believed there was an intruder in their home who had shot her husband. The couple’s two children, Gryphon and Gailiee, 6 and 22 months, were also home at the time but unharmed.
The family’s neighbor heard three shots, according to… Fox news†
Gerald Searles, 54, who lives next door, said he and others are tense after the shooting, despite Fairfax police saying there is no further “threat to the community.”
“We’re definitely a little bit more vigilant just by keeping our eyes and ears open,” he told Fox 5 DC. “I don’t think many people saw or heard anything at that time in the morning, but we’re definitely taking precautions and doing whatever it takes to make us feel more comfortable.”
The Fairfax Police Department also told Fox 5 DC that the back door of the home was open, but did not disclose whether the department saw any signs of a break-in.
The founder of DonorSee founded the company in 2016 after “moving to Malawi in 2013 and living among the world’s poorest,” according to the nonprofit’s website.
Police were unable to confirm to DailyMail.com whether Heather is currently a suspect in the case
The couple’s neighbor reported three shots and police said the back door was open. However, the police did not say whether it appeared that there was a break-in
It is unclear whether any weapons have been found and police have not yet identified any suspects.
A GoFundMe was set up for funeral expenses and to help ‘take care of his wife and children’.
The page quickly surpassed its original goal of $50,000 and is well on its way to meeting its new goal of $150,000. On Tuesday afternoon, it raised $115,000.
A fundraiser was also launched on Glyer’s own website DonorSee for $75,000, and has hit $48,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Everyone at DonorSee has a heavy heart today and we mourn the loss of our inspiring founder Gret,” the website read.
“As many of you will know, Gret lived his life helping others. He left a legacy that will live on through DonorSee to change the world for the better and help those who need it most. He is a shining light that inspired those he met and many more he did not meet.”
In honor of Glyer, a GoFundMe and DonorSee fundraiser has been launched, raising more than $163,000 in total for his widow and two children.
Glyer founded DonorSee in 2016 — three years after he moved to Malawi, Africa, and his life was “transformed,” according to the company’s website.
“After filming a number of small projects and asking for help raising money online, Gret saw the power in facilitating that connection and people’s desire to help,” it read.
The company reached $1 million in donations in 2019 and launched globally in 2020. DonorSee now partners with more than 100 nonprofits in 38 countries and has surpassed $3 million in donations.