Karla Lee, the mother of slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, was slammed on social media for using funds donated on GoFundMe to purchase a car instead of to help with his funeral.
Lee posted several videos on Instagram on Saturday defending her purchase saying she needed the car for protection because she’s scared to take the bus or walk. The videos have since been deleted.
In one of the videos Lee said, “If a m*****f****** telling you they gonna try to take your life, too, because of whatever the f— is going on … they already took my son. I walk to work, I get on the bus. I’m not trying to be a target for nobody.”
“I got this sh*t for my protection. … I’m pretty sure that’s something my son would have wanted me to do,” Lee said in another video.
She had reportedly posted on Facebook that she had purchased a car with money from her son’s GoFundMe page.
As of Saturday night, $17,492 has been raised through the GoFundMe page, well over the $10,000 goal. There are now comments urging people not to donate any more money because of Lee’s car purchase. One person said Karla Lee was caught purchasing a 2015 foreign car with the money and demanded her $100 back.