Barway Collins supporters question how donations were used


The fundraising drives to bring Barway Collins' mother to Minnesota, and to pay for the young boy's funeral, raised thousands of dollars – enough to sufficiently cover those costs, the family's spokesperson said last month.

Now, there are questions about whether all of it was directed where donors thought it would go.

FOX 9 reports a meeting and press conference at the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota headquarters Thursday turned into a "yelling match" at one point, with frustrated supporters wondering what happened to their money.

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According to KARE 11, the Crystal Police Department is looking into it.

Both stations report Edoh Akakpo says he gave a $3,500 check to help with funeral costs, but it hasn't been processed yet.

Community members at the meeting said the organization is to blame for the confusion, FOX 9 reports, which the group denies. reports leaders with "Team Barway" say they were told the funeral was paid for, so some money – such as that $3,500 check – did not go to to pay for it.

But the Estes Funeral Home claims it's owed $2,000 still.

There were rumblings about donation confusion in the lead-up to Collins' funeral last month. With several different funds emerging to purportedly help the family, it was making some in the community suspicious about where the money would actually go.

Pierre Collins' court date

Pierre Collins, the father of Barway Collins and lone suspect charged in the boy's death, was in court Thursday.

The Star Tribune reports a pretrial court date for the 33-year-old was scheduled for July 7 at the hearing. The paper says the court room was packed, with many onlookers even standing outside in the hallway.

Pierre Collins is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 10-year-old son.

Police used video and cell phone evidence to track Collins to an area of the Mississippi River on the day Barway went missing, a news release says. His son’s body was discovered in that same area nearly a month after his disappearance.

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