Cop’s fam­ily out­raged at fundrais­ing cam­paign

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - STAR Writer


The fam­ily of De­cardo Hyl­ton, one of the two po­lice­men mur­dered by cow­ards in Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, last Friday, is out­raged by the cre­ation of a Go­FundMe ac­count, which is be­ing used to raise money for fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased men.

Cor­po­ral Dane Biggs and Con­sta­ble De­cardo Hyl­ton were shot and killed, while two other cops were in­jured and re­main in hospi­tal. They were part of a po­lice team that went to Hori­zon Park in Span­ish Town on an op­er­a­tion.

Sev­eral Ja­maican or­gan­i­sa­tions in the United States launch the fundraiser on Tues­day seek­ing to raise US$50,000 (ap­prox­i­mately J$7-mil­lion). As at Thurs­day night the ap­peal had pulled in US$746 (ap­prox­i­mately J$105,000)

Carl­ton Hamil­ton, a rel­a­tive of Hyl­ton, told THE WEEK­END STAR that the fam­ily did not give per­mis­sion for a Go­FundMe cam­paign to be launched us­ing the slain cop’s name.

“I’m speak­ing on be­half of Janet Hamil­ton and Churchill Hamil­ton … That’s the mother and the step­fa­ther of De­cardo Hyl­ton. The fam­ily has noth­ing to do with that. It is em­bar­rass­ing. It has stressed the mother out. She has not slept well last night. She take it hard. I’m the one that is there with them from Friday,” he said.

In­for­ma­tion of the Go­fundme page states “the Brave po­lice­men & their fam­i­lies need our sup­port at this time. Let us show them that the Di­as­pora Cares! All funds col­lected will be pre­sented to the fam­i­lies at a date no later than 30 days af­ter the close of col­lec­tion.”

“None con­tacted us. None con­tacted the fam­ily. Lies!” Hamil­ton replied.

Al­ready griev­ing their loss, Hamil­ton says the fam­ily feels fur­ther hurt when they see cer­tain com­ments be­ing made on­line about the Go­fundme.

“Peo­ple keep on leav­ing neg­a­tive com­ments and call­ing the fam­ily. The fam­ily knows noth­ing about it and it needs to be re­moved,” he said.

“My fam­ily is track­ing it down from New York be­cause in or­der to com­ment on that Go­fundme, you have to reg­is­ter and make a do­na­tion. We only found out about it yes­ter­day when we saw it. Peo­ple call­ing and the fam­ily keep send­ing it all over and ask­ing what is go­ing on.”

It is un­clear whether the fam­ily of Dane Biggs was con­sulted about the cam­paign as THE WEEK­END STAR was un­able to con­tact his rel­a­tives.


Dane Biggs (left) and De­cardo Hyl­ton.

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