Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing unau­tho­rized Go­FundMe cam­paign for homi­cide vic­tim Yosif Al-Has­nawi

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Hamil­ton po­lice have launched a fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an unau­tho­rized Go­FundMe ac­count that pur­ports to be rais­ing money for fu­neral ex­penses for homi­cide vic­tim Yosif Al-Has­nawi.

The fundrais­ing ac­count ti­tled “Hamil­ton Hero Fu­neral Fundraiser” is unau­tho­rized and it’s not clear where the money is go­ing, said Det. Sgt. Greg Do­err of the Hamil­ton po­lice ma­jor fraud unit.

The ac­count was re­ported to the po­lice by the Al-Has­nawi fam­ily.

It listed a tar­geted goal of $1,000, but raised $1,345. Go­FundMe has dis­abled the ac­count and money is ex­pected to be re­turned to those who do­nated, Do­err said.

Po­lice are hop­ing to speak with the man who created the ac­count. “We don’t know his in­ten­tions.” Go­FundMe is work­ing with po­lice on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a spokesper­son said.

“If the page is in­deed fraud­u­lent, all donations will be re­funded. If any donors would like to re­quest a re­fund in the mean­time, we will pro­ces it for them,” Rachel Hol­lis said. Al-Has­nawi died af­ter be­ing shot on San­ford Av­enue North near Main Street East Satur­day night.

He has been called a “Good Sa­mar­i­tan” for in­ter­ven­ing when two men were ha­rass­ing an older man on Main near the Al-Mustafa Is­lamic Cen­tre, where Al-Has­nawi had been at a re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tion.

Po­lice ar­rested Dale Burn­ingsky King, 19, late Thurs­day in Hagersville. He’s charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

A 55-year-old woman, whom po­lice haven’t named, was also ar­rested and faces an ac­ces­sory charge.

James Mathe­son, 20, is charged with ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der, and re­mains in cus­tody.

There is also an on­go­ing Min­istry of Health and Long-Term Care in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of paramedics, who wit­nesses have ac­cused of fail­ing to take Al-Has­nawi’s injuries se­ri­ously and tak­ing too long to trans­port.

He was pro­nounced dead in hos­pi­tal an hour af­ter be­ing shot.

Al-Has­nawi was a first-year Brock Uni­ver­sity stu­dent with as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a doc­tor.

A vigil is planned at the uni­ver­sity in St. Catharines for 3 p.m. on Fri­day at the Pond In­let in the school’s Macken­zie Chown Com­plex.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the Go­FundMe ac­count is asked to con­tact Do­err of the ma­jor fraud branch at 905-546-3841.

Al-Has­nawi: died af­ter al­ter­ca­tion

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