Hamilton Police investigating GoFundMe account for murder victim Yosif Al-Hasnawi

Hamilton police have launched a fraud investigation into an unauthorized GoFundMe account that purports to be raising money for funeral expenses for murder 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.

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Police are hoping to speak with the man who created the account.

"We don't know his intentions," Doerr 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 attending a religious celebration.

Hamilton police continue to search for the alleged shooter. Dale Burningsky King, 19, remains at large, wanted for second-degree murder. If you see him call 911.

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 has been 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 on the GoFundMe account is asked to contact the Det. Sgt. Greg Doerr of the major fraud branch at 905-546-3841.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to contact Det. Doug Jonovich at 905-546-4863

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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