Grieving family warns others of fake GoFundMe accounts

The mother of a murder victim shows her favorite photo of her son. (WTHR Photo)
Fake Fundraiser Outrages Family
Fake fundraiser outrages family

MARION, Ind. (WTHR) – A central Indiana family who's grieving the loss of a loved one is warning people about GoFundMe scams.

They learned about someone trying to cash in on their grief after a fatal shooting. The parents of Isaiah Horton shot and killed in Marion found a fake GoFundMe account set up for funeral costs.

Eyewitness News learned Horton’s family had already made arrangements with Stuart Mortuary.

Darryl and Thomasina Colbert sat down with Eyewitness News to share their outrage, although they are experiencing the worse grief of their life.

“I will never see Isaiah,” said Thomasina Colbert, “no one is perfect, but he didn’t deserve to be murdered.”

The Colbert’s shared several photos of their murdered 25-year-old son Isaiah Horton. One of her favorites pictures is a selfie he took with them where he has a huge smile. That’s the way she wants to remember Isaiah.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning in Marion, where police arrested Vincent Sharp, Jr.

He reportedly confessed saying he chased and shot Isaiah for a making a comment about a relative.

The incident took place around 6:30 a.m. after Sharp told police he spotted Horton walking down the street while out walking his dog.

Thomasina Colbert said, “He was running away and he shot him in his back and killed my baby."

What’s worse, they found a fake GoFundMe account to raise money for Isaiah's funeral. The Colbert’s have no connection to the account nor the person who opened the fundraiser without their permission.

“To put Isaiah's face on a GoFundMe without contacting me, it's criminal,” said Thomasina Colbert.

Thomasina and her husband Darryl now plan to help other grieving families. They not only want to be a blessing to other parents who experience the same grief, but they believe it will help them cope with losing Isaiah.

They also want to hear from the public about any other fake accounts for Isaiah. They have already made it clear that they are not holding a grudge or angry at the man accused of killing Isaiah.

“This black on black crime has to stop. Crime committed on all people by anyone has to stop,” said Darryl Colbert, “We forgive the young man, but he has to answer to a higher calling than us.”

The last time their youngest daughter saw her brother Isaiah alive was at her graduation.

She too is outraged about the fake GoFundMe account and wonders who could do such a thing. When she checked last, the fake account had been shutdown. But she and her parents are concerned that about other accounts popping up.

In addition to contacting them about any fake accounts, the victims' family urges you to call police.

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