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Y’all Can Stop With the Philando Castile GoFundMe Pages Now

Philando Castile Gofundme

Once again, here we are with a tragic news story on our hands: a young man and respected member of his community apparently gunned down by police during a routine traffic stop. Add to that, the aftermath was broadcast on Facebook.

I’m counting no less than 10 GoFundMe campaigns currently up alleging to benefit Castile’s family. TEN.

University of Alabama graduate Xavier Burgin — who has no connection to the family whatsoever but is an outspoken critic of police brutality — fired one up with a goal of $80k, of which $63k has been raised thus far.

He writes:

How are you doing! My name is Xavier Burgin. I started the GoFundMe campaign for Philando Castile’s family. I want to inform everyone this will go to the family and I will take nothing. I want to be as transparent as possible. If you need to ask me any questions, please feel free to.

Burgin also directed potential donors to another campaign started by Castile’s sister, and urged them to donate there if they felt more comfortable doing so. So, while it’s a tad strange that some random guy started the campaign in the first place, he seems to be legit. Let’s hope so considering the money involved.

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about the sister’s campaign. Using her Facebook name not real name (which has caused some to question the page, for good reason as it doesn’t match with Castile’s but isn’t all that odd considering some people use different names on FB), she writes:

July 6th 2016 my brother was gunned down by Saint Anthony police for no reason all while his fiancé and 4 year old step daughter in the vehicle . The incident was caught on live streaming via fb . At this time the family is grieving we just lost a very good man never in trouble a law abiding citizen . Please donate anything to help contribute to his homecoming and family . I love you brother – your little big sis Allysza

She has raised a little over $17k of a $30k goal.

If you absolutely must donate to a GoFundMe page at this time — remember, we recommend holding off when the news is at its peak and before close family have designated a legitimate page, if any, to receive donations — then the two above are probably the least likely to be fraudulent.

Next, we have Jeffrey Baker of Baltimore who is using a $1000 goal to make a political statement. Of the $136 collected so far, $100 came from Baker himself. He writes:

I am raising mint for Philando Castile’s family. I do not know the personally and this is the first time I have done anything of this sort. It is time to stand up to all those who look down on our people. This go find me account is the start of a motion for me and people of all color to stand up for our rights and MAKE people give us the respect deserved. I will be reaching out to the family in Baton Rouge to give them a peace of mind. #newmovment in respect of the minorities

Moving on. Verquisha Powers of Saint Paul, MN has put up a campaign asking $20k for Castile’s girlfriend Lavish ‘Diamond’ Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter who witnessed the shooting. She writes:

On July 6th around 9 pm Diamond  ‘Lavish’  Reynolds, her 4 year old daughter, and her boyfriend Philando Castile were pulled over for an alleged broken tail light. The officer approached the vehicle and asked Phil for his license and registration. Phil informed the officer that he had a registered firearm and that the information was in his pocket. The officer requested Phil get it, and when he reached towards his pocket the officer shot him 3-5 times in his left side/arm. The whole thing was recorded live on Facebook.

Lavishs’ 4 year old daughter was in the back seat and witnessed the whole thing. She & Lavish will be traumatized by this forever.

The funds from this will help cover
moving/living costs, lost wages from Lavish being out of work, a college fund for her daughter, and savings for the future.

Anything helps. Thank you, and God bless.

It is unclear what, if any, connection Ms. Powers has to the family. As she lives in the area, it’s possible she could be a friend or family of Ms. Reynolds, however we’d urge caution with this one as no statement is made in the plea as to her connection to any of the involved parties.

Next up, Andre Mchenry is asking $20k for “the best lawyers to prosecute the officer that shot and killed Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.” He says he’d like to “show the government we have strength in numbers and can execute as one in legal ways” He makes no mention of a connection to the family, nor how he plans to use this money (just generic ‘lawyers’) so, yeah, don’t donate.

Then we have Sunday Carter, who boasts a whopping 5 whole Facebook friends. If that isn’t a red flag, I don’t know what is. Sunday is asking $50k for “brother Philando” and has raised $0 to date. Stay away, stay far away.

The further down the list we go, the more ridiculous the campaigns get, so we’ll stop here. No doubt more will pop up in the next few hours and days, please donate carefully and wait for an official family statement before giving away your money.

There is no denying this is an absolute — and preventable tragedy — and it makes sense, therefore, that generous people would want to give and give freely to support this man’s family and the legal battle ahead. Just please be careful and don’t get caught up in any scams. Scammers love stories like this, and have no problem using this tragedy to profit.

19 Comments

  1. HEIDI PEDERSEN

    Ok can I speak? People donated thousands of dollars believing it would go to Diamond and her daughter (the survivors). The first account the funds have been released to phils mom , and the second to phils sister. THE ONLY LEGIT account is the very last one posted by Diamonds best friend. It can also be verfied because it is also posted directly on Diamonds facebook where the origional video was live to begine with. Please concider that this woman needs so many things. She was engaged and not married to Phil. Her daughter Phil raised is not his biological daughter, so neither of them will be recieving any kind of survivor benifits. Diamond worked 2 jobs (which she can not work now due to the horrific event that just happened) and Phil worked 1 job as well. So this woman now has 0 income. The family car is ruined and splattered with her boyfriends car. She is unsafe where she is living so she will likely need to relocate. She is going to need a really good lawyer to fight for justice for what happened to her boyfriend right in front of her and her daughter. They are both going to need extensive therapy. So please, if your going to donate, the one her best friend is hosting that is the only account where she will see a penny of this money. Thank you. https://www.gofundme.com/2d8ryf34

    • gofraudme

      Thank you for the clarification, are you a friend of hers? That’s a good point about her daughter… I agree that she and the little girl will definitely need therapy after what they witnessed, I hope they get good help and support.

      • HereForYourRealityCheck

        that is crazy… come on, gofraudme – don’t be a sucker
        she clearly states that she wanted to …
        go viral
        be famous
        “screw” anyone she wanted – but she used classier word that starts with F…
        she was using Philando and PLANNED the whole thing
        keep watching – you’ll see, the truth will come out eventually…
        SHE is guilty of his death, it was a set-up

    • Pherber

      Why does Diamond need money? Why should she profit from this man’s death? Her daughter is not even his child. That fake, lying, felonious woman is making so much money off the dude’s death, and she doesn’t deserve a penny.

      • HereForYourRealityCheck

        that is crazy… come on, gofraudme – don’t be a sucker
        she clearly states that she wanted to …
        go viral
        be famous
        “screw” anyone she wanted – but she used classier word that starts with F…
        she was using Philando and PLANNED the whole thing
        keep watching – you’ll see, the truth will come out eventually…
        SHE is guilty of his death, it was a set-up

        • AwesomeMe

          You are correct! No one should be giving this floozy a dime. Go look at her FB page.

      • HereForYourRealityCheck

        she doesn’t!!! she killed him!!!

    • “Diamond and her daughter (the survivors).” Diamond and her daughter are not the survivors. The only survivors are Philando Castile’s family.

      You sound like a scam artist. Indeed, every single person “raising money,” as far as I can see, is only ripping off suckers. You have no connection to Philando Castile’s family, nor does Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds. Reynolds was neither married to, nor engaged to Castile, and was not the mother of his child. Someone referred to the child as Castile’s “step-daughter,” but that is just more of a con-job. Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds was just a woman who sometimes slept with Philando Castile, and who was guilty of child neglect or abuse for smoking dope in front of her 4-year–old, whom she forced to inhale her narcotic smoke.

      “Diamond worked 2 jobs (which she can not work now due to the horrific event that just happened) and Phil worked 1 job as well. So this woman now has 0 income. The family car is ruined and splattered with her boyfriends car. She is unsafe where she is living so she will likely need to relocate.”

      Of course, she can work. She’s working the media full-time, i.e., she’s not suffering any ill-effects. She has decided that she is going to clean up on this incident, and you’re helping, assuming you’re not her working under another pseudonym. She’s not in any danger; that’s just another bald-faced lie. And she has no need for money for any “really good lawyer to fight for justice for what happened to her boyfriend.” She has no standing to sue. The only lawyers who will fight for “justice” are prosecutors, who are paid by the taxpayers, and who will only get to work the case, if a grand jury passes a clean bill to indict the cop who shot Castile. Thus, you are a scam artist, and so is Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, assuming you’re not the same person.

      Nicholas Stix, Uncensored

    • Arcadia

      I agree with you 100%. What happened to this little girl was HORRIFIC! I don’t care about the background of the mother (so save it for the rent haters). She has suffered too. I have donated. God Bless them both.

  2. core

    Yeah Diamond needs the money for the drugs, which her daughter can inhale while in the backseat.

  3. Happy

    I would encourage you to also look at the other videos that are available on you tube of Lavish Reynolds. She liked to live stream quite a bit. There is some pretty serious child abuse happening in that child’s life.

    • HereForYourRealityCheck

      get to the video where she tells the camera as her daughter is talking – do not ever have kids, I hate kids!!!

  4. GoPotme.com

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSblGwbMxJc

    Please Watch this video of her smoking a blunt in the car in front of her 4-year-old before you donate money to this. Sometimes when people get a rush of money, the drugs and drinking escalate, especially after trauma. This little girl would be better off getting food and clothes directly than supplying Mom with more marijuana and alcohol in the car.

  5. FedUp

    That looser doesn’t deserve a penny. We pay to feed em, let them steal from us and now they profit when a thug gets killed. And they talk about white privileg?? lol

  6. Go

    You’re all idiots! You’re “funding” the Crips! If you sent money to these scam artist I’m glad you lost your money!

  7. Barbara Daniels

    i agree, do not send a a penny more. Drug addict!!!!

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