CHICAGO — As the mother of slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee denies allegations that she spent funeral donations on a new car, the boy's father apparently was asking for funeral money as well.
Karla Lee removed her Instagram and Facebook accounts after defending the purchase of a new car on Saturday, but some videos of her defending the car purchase remain online.
According to unverified Facebook posts Saturday, Lee posted on Facebook that she spent money from her son's GoFundMe page on the car, then deleted her account due to overwhelming negative reaction.
DNAinfo Chicago could not independently confirm this Saturday afternoon.
Listen to Police Supt. McCarthy's remarks at Thursday's news conference:
In another bizarre twist, Tyshawn's father — whose gang ties police say led to his son's execution — appears to have started another GoFundMe page seeking donations for funeral expenses. The page was quickly taken down after comments criticizing the move flooded in.
With whatever was "leftover" with the mother's money, he's asking for an additional $2.5k and to buy tshirts. pic.twitter.com/qEvdZQBVIs— QUEEN KY (@EchoesOfKyraaa) November 8, 2015
"I understand the mother of my son did wrong by that money but what the news is not telling, that they are only paying for half the cost of everything," Wooh Gotti, an alias used by Tyshawn's dad Pierre Stokes, wrote on the page. "They are blaming us so they don't have to pay the full cost of everything. She is in the wrong for doing what she did with the money for our son, just give me a chance to lay my son to rest the right way."
The page asked for $2,500 and also was selling Tyshawn memorial T-shirts for $25-$45.
A screenshot from Tyshawn's father's GoFundMe page, which was removed Sunday.
Since a "person of interest" was released from police custody Thursday, there have been no updates from police in the search for the boy's killer. The reward for information leading to an arrest is now $55,000.
Tyshawn's funeral is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham, according to NBC5.
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