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Chronicler of failed dot-coms rallies around Edgewater

A site best known for kicking Web sites when they're down has helped raise more than $14,000 for the families of seven Internet workers shot to death at work last week.

A site best known for kicking Web sites when they're down has helped raise more than $14,000 for the families of seven Internet workers shot to death at work last week.

Edgewater Technology, the Internet consulting company where the employees were killed, sent a note Tuesday thanking FuckedCompany.com operator Philip Kaplan and the people who sent in donations.

"Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to the memorial fund for the families of our colleagues who were taken from this earth so abruptly," Wakefield, Mass.-based Edgewater said. "It is wonderful to know that the community is supporting the families."

Michael McDermott, a software engineer at Edgewater, has pleaded innocent to the killings.

Kaplan said his site was overwhelmed with postings from thousands of Internet workers after the shootings, and he decided to start the memorial fund.

"It didn't cost me much to do it," Kaplan said. "And I knew that because of that and because I knew I could do some good, I was obligated to do it."

Kaplan's popular Web site is known for its irreverent humor, targeting struggling or failed dot-coms.

"This hit close to home for a lot of the people who post on the site and shook them up," Kaplan said Tuesday. "A lot of the messages came from people who wanted to show support for the families."