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Mother of 9-year-old murder victim denies using donated funds to buy new car

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CHICAGO, Ill. – The mother of a 9-year-old boy who was murdered while walking to his grandmother’s house is now under fire.

According to WGN, the body of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was found in an alleyway last week. Family members say he was on his way to his grandmother’s house, which was not far from where his body was discovered.

Investigators say Lee suffered multiple shots to his upper body, including in his back and head.

A few days after the boy’s death, officials announced that Lee was lured from a nearby park into the alley and murdered.

“Tyshawn Lee was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I’ve witnessed in 35 years of policing,” said Supt. Garry McCarthy, with the Chicago Police Department. “This is an innocent child, this is a 9-year-old child, targeted, lured to this spot and murdered… This is different.”

A friend of Lee’s mother, Karla Lee, set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Lee’s funeral expenses.

Now, some people on social media are accusing the grieving mother of using the money from that fund to purchase a new car.

Lee says that is simply not true.

Instead, she says she used her own money for the down payment of the car. After her son’s murder, she says she no longer felt safe walking to the bus stop and felt the car would be money well spent.

“I told them I was scared and I was fearing,” she told WLS. “Too bad if y’all don’t understand that.”

She says of the $17,000 that was raised for Tyshawn’s funeral, she says the family spent $4,000 on the funeral and GoFundMe’s fees. She says there is still $13,000 left in the account.