DEL CITY, Okla. – The heartbreak continues for a Del City family already grieving the death of a loved one.
17-year-old Jaquelin Caldwell was shot and killed last Friday. His grandfather, 57-year-old Lochinvar Caldwell was arrested in connection with his murder.
Cousin Felicia Marzett says, “He was always smiling. He was a good kid, a very good kid.”
A day of remembrance sent vibrant blue balloons to the sky in honor of Jaquelin.
His quiet 17 –year-old sister, Monalicia Caldwell, was there when her brother was murdered.
“She’s doing better than most of us expect for her to do,” says Marzett.
Caldwell says, “The hardest part is losing him and knowing that he`s not going to be here anymore.”
But things got worse just a few days after his death.
Marzett and other family and friends went door to door to collect donations for his funeral.
That was when a pay pal account, claiming to be collecting donations for Jaquelin, was brought to their attention.
The problem is, no one in the family knew about it.
“It was heartbreaking and it hurt quite a bit knowing the situation that we’re dealing with,” says Marzett. “For somebody to prey off of other people at a time like this.”
After a few hours of probing, the account had disappeared. But not before donations had already been accepted.
Jaquelin’s family has yet to see any of that money.
“I feel sorry for my family of course,” says Marzett. “But I feel sorry for the ones that have participated in this.”
Marzett says dealing with this alleged fake fundraiser has made grieving Jaquelin that much harder, but says they won’t let it be a set back.
“We’re strong,” says Marzett. “The family is doing okay.”
But Saturday evening they put it all behind them to keep the memory of Jaquelin alive.
“He will be truly missed though,” says Marzett. “He will be truly missed.”
Although the account seems to have been deleted, Marzett wants everyone to know if you see it, it is not connected to them in anyway.