Family grieving loss of teen, dealing with funeral fundraiser scam

Fake GoFundMe page created for boy's funeral

SAN ANTONIO -- A family grieving the loss of a teenager now has to deal with what they say is a scam.

The mother of the Highlands High School teen who was hit and killed while crossing the highway said someone created a fake GoFundMe page asking for money for her son's funeral.

The family said to lose a child is unimaginable, but to have someone prey on a tragedy such as this is downright heartless.

"He would show his muscles if he would see a pretty girl he'd go, 'Sup girl?' [wink] That was my grandson," said Emma Gomez, Iszah's grandmother.

The family of 14-year-old Iszah Cruz Ramirez remembers his zest for life and his ability to make anyone laugh.

"He was always friendly, caring and loving," Gomez said. "You would see my grandson and it would make you smile. You'd have a bad day and he would just make you smile. That's what kind of man he was."

Iszah was the oldest of four siblings, and a freshman at Highlands High School who had Down syndrome.

"He loved Spider-Man, he loved going to school, he loved singing Justin Bieber songs," Gomez said. "He knew every Justin Bieber song there was."

During Monday morning rush hour, Iszah was hit by an 18-wheeler as he tried to cross eastbound traffic on I-10 near Gevers.

His family still wonders why he was there. He normally takes the bus to school, but they said he missed it that morning.

"He's not gone. He's just looking at us from above," Gomez said.

As loved ones prepare to lay Iszah to rest, Tuesday evening a friend contacted Iszah's mother after coming across a GoFundMe page. It said family members requested the page to be set up, and already had a $500 donation.

When family members contacted the organizer to get more information, the page was deleted along with the man's Facebook accounts.

"How dare you. My grandson did nothing to you," Gomez said. "You have no right. Have some compassion for my daughter and my family. This is a time of pain and sorrow and he's trying to make a profit off of that and that wasn't right."

The family said they have no clue who the organizer is. However, the family has recently set up their own GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses for Iszah. The family said if anyone wants to donate the account number is RBFCU #197249585 and the donation has to be made out to his mom Genevieve Gomez.

Counselors at Highlands H.S. are still available for Iszah's friends in the grieving process.

 

(© 2016 KENS)


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