Hamilton police warn of fake GoFundMe account for Yosif Al-Hasnawi

Hamilton police warn of fake GoFundMe account for Yosif Al-Hasnawi

Doerr said police were notified of its existence by the family of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night.

In a news release issued on Thursday, police said that they have been advised by Al-Hasnawi's family that an unauthorized GoFundMe page titled "Hamilton Hero Funeral Fundraiser" has been set up.

The matter is being investigated by the Major Fraud Branch.

That account had raised $1344 from 36 donors as of 11 a.m.

"We have confirmed that this is unauthorized", Doerr said.

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Al-Hasnawi was killed on December 2 after being shot by one of two suspects believed to be harassing an elderly man in the Main Street East and Wentworth Street South area.

Hamilton police continue to search for the alleged shooter.

That suspect, identified as 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for second degree murder. Police warn not to approach him if you see him, but 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.

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