Over 35 GoFundMe accounts have been created, according to reports.
Cleveland police and authorities nationwide are searching for Steve Stephens, a man who is suspected of shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin, a grandfather of 13. Godwin was walking in northeast Cleveland when Stephens shot and killed Godwin, later posting the murder on Facebook.
Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines, said no family members have created a GoFundMe account for Robert Godwin. No outside parties have been authorized to create one on behalf of the family, either, meaning any fundraisers posted in the name of Godwin are unauthorized.
FOX 8 reports that 35 accounts have been created. Many more can be seen on GoFundMe by searching “Robert Godwin.” Some of the fundraisers feature family photos and photoshopped edits that appear realistic or plausible.
This incident raises further questions about vetting fundraisers with the site, and if and when families are notified when campaigns are set up in their name.