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GoFundMe page for murdered Hamilton teen is 'unauthorized': police

GoFundMe page for murdered Hamilton teen is 'unauthorized': police
From CTV - December 7, 2017

Police in Hamilton, Ont. have issued a warning about an unauthorized GoFundMe page purportedly created to help the family of a murdered teenager.

19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was a first-year medical science student at Brock University, was shot on Dec. 2 after attempting to intervene as two young men accosted a senior citizen in downtown Hamilton. Al-Hasnawi died that night in hospital.

Police, who were tipped off about the Hamilton Hero Funeral Fundraiser GoFundMe page by the victims family, issued a press release Thursday urging the public not to donate as it is unknown where the money is actually going.

The page was created on Dec. 3 and raised at least $1,345 from 36 people. Police say they have notified GoFundMe about the unauthorized nature of the page.

This matter is now being investigated by the Hamilton Police Service Major Fraud Branch, the Hamilton Police Service said in their press release.

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